SANTA FE (KRQE) – Less than three months after getting out of prison for killing someone in a DWI crash, a Santa Fe man is behind bars again for driving drunk.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office released new lapel video of the Saturday arrest as 45-year-old Tim Solano changed his story about what happened that afternoon.
“What’s going on, Mr. Solano? Where are you coming from, man?” a deputy asked Solano.
Deputies had trouble understanding Solano.
In response, Solano just listed off a bunch of numbers.
“That’s your address?” the deputy asked.
“Yeah,” Solano said.
Deputies stopped him just off Highway 285 near I-25.
His truck matched the description of one that had just hit a parked car, and a witness reported strange behavior.
“I could see somebody like this,” a witness said as he demonstrated, laying his head on his steering wheel. “I had heard the horn going off for a full minute, and I thought s***, this guy had a heart attack or a stroke. So, he had passed out before he was getting ready to go God knows where.”
He said Solano was about to get on the freeway.
“Thank God you found me. You might have saved him from something else happening too,” a deputy said.
“I told him, I said, ‘Look dude, you’re going to kill yourself or you’re going to kill someone else, do you agree?’” the witness told a deputy.
What he didn’t yet realize was that Solano had already been convicted of killing someone when deputies said he’d been driving drunk before.
“She said, ‘I’ll be back in an hour, please hold dinner,” said Domenico Cinciripini of his wife at Solano’s sentencing in November 2005. “I never saw her again, your Honor, never.”
Solano spent 10 years behind bars for crashing into Judith Scassera-Cinciripini.
“There is no way to tell you I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Solano said in court at that time.
Solano admitted he had a problem.
“I’ll embrace any help. All help that I get,” he said.
However, now on probation and just three months out of prison, Solano’s blood alcohol level measured almost three times the legal limit, deputies said.
In lapel video, he appeared to struggle to stay balanced.
“How much you been drinking today, man?” a deputy asked him.
“A couple of Buds,” Solano responded.
He failed to mention of the mini liquor bottles he had in his pockets, and he failed sobriety tests.
The Sheriff’s Office said this marks Solano’s seventh arrest for drunk driving.
A spokesperson with the New Mexico Department of Corrections said that while on probation, Solano was not supposed to be drinking alcohol at all or driving any vehicles without an ignition interlock system.