State Police: Driver’s blood-alcohol was 5 times over limit

Elbert Smith
Elbert Smith

THOREAU, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say a Crownpoint man has been arrested for allegedly driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level five times over the state’s legal limit.

New Mexico State Police say 37-year-old Elbert Smith was taken into custody Feb. 16 in Grants after being stopped while driving in the Thoreau area.

Police say Smith had multiple open containers of alcohol inside his vehicle and displayed signs of impairment during sobriety tests.

After Smith was arrested, police say he blew a .40 on a breath test and was taken for a medical clearance due to his excessive alcohol level.

He was booked in the Cibola County Detention Center on charges of DWI, having an open container of alcohol, driving without insurance and other charges.

It was unclear Tuesday if Smith has a lawyer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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