ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A repeat car thief was back in the courtroom Wednesday after violating his probation while at a treatment facility.
Albuquerque police know Christopher Dominguez well. Back in March, he faced up to 10 years on car theft charges but got off easy, spending just a few months behind bars.
Now, the judge says she’s running out of good options for him. She decided on a 60 day diagnostic evaluation for Dominguez, meaning a mental health professional will look into Dominguez’ mental state.
Dominguez violated his probation by taking the drug suboxone without a prescription. Dominguez was several months into drug treatment.
Dominguez says someone else brought it into the facility. He’s apologized to the court before, saying he would steal cars to pay for his drug habit.
Wednesday, he apologized again to the court and his mom. He said he wanted to own up to his mistakes.
The judge gave Dominguez another stern warning, saying he would get a better taste of the Department of Corrections if he messes up again.
Dominguez will stay in jail and be back in court in mid-January when the judge will look over that mental evaluation.