ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Newly released Albuquerque Police Department lapel video shows how a fender bender turned into a DWI arrest for an Arizona mom driving with her young son and boyfriend.
When APD officers arrived on the scene at Washington and Constitution on a Saturday in late September, Roya Desiderio was sitting in the passenger seat of a car that had just rear-ended another car.
She admits she’s been drinking but claims it was her boyfriend driving, not her.
The victim and her boyfriend had a different story, saying that Desiderio had switched seats after the crash. Desiderio repeatedly denies she was driving.
“I was supervising,” said Desiderio.
An officer’s attempt to get even basic information about her five-year-old son proves fruitless. She tells the officer to “go ask him” his legal name and tells the officer his birthday is “2012,” even after the officer asks specifically about a month and a day.
The field sobriety tests that followed didn’t go well either, with Desiderio having a hard time following instructions and walking away from the tests several times. She’s eventually arrested and blows a .34, more than four times the legal limit.
Desiderio is currently charged with Child Abuse, not Aggravated DWI. Her son was taken into police custody following the stop although it’s unclear where he is currently.