“And what we have to take away from it’s how can we advocate for better DWI accountability,” he mentioned.
In keeping with courtroom paperwork, three males in a GMC Yukon with Colorado plates had been driving southbound on I-25. The driving force and passengers had been recognized as Fernando Arellano, Diego Arellano, and an unidentified man.
BCSO mentioned Cuba police officer Brandon Barber was driving north in his Ford F-150 within the southbound lanes. His entrance headlights had been additionally turned off.
“He’s a Cuba police officer. He had a previous arrest for DWI and now that is his second incident,” Gonzales mentioned.
Barber is now dealing with murder by automobile expenses after Diego Arellano and the yet-to-be recognized man had been pronounced lifeless on the scene. BCSO deputies mentioned they discovered a half empty bottle of liquor in Barber’s automobile, and that Barber smelled of alcohol.
Barber’s first DWI was in 2016, the place he pleaded responsible. He was fined and needed to full neighborhood service as punishment.
This wasn’t the one wrong-way DWI crash over the weekend, BCSO mentioned.
“It is scary. I did really feel helpless as a result of I wasn’t in my patrol unit to attempt to cease this automobile,” mentioned BCSO Detective Paul Jessen.
Detective Jessen was off-duty Saturday when he witnessed a driver, later recognized as Lashea Harris, swerving out and in of visitors.
“She went into unsuitable lanes of journey at Coors and Irving the place she then crashed into—head on—into one other automobile,” Jessen mentioned.
Nobody was significantly injured through the crash.
BCSO mentioned Harris was one among at the least 22 DWI arrests from Friday by way of Sunday.
One other deadly crash shut down I-40 Sunday morning after a wrong-way driver was killed. Police haven’t mentioned whether or not alcohol was an element within the crash.
“Summer time is developing and the hotter climate is on the market. We will have extra individuals on the streets,” Sheriff Gonzales mentioned.
As Bernalillo County loosens its COVID restrictions, extra individuals are anticipated to be on the roads.
Courtroom information present fewer DWI circumstances charged within the first 4 months of 2021 in comparison with the identical timeframe in 2020. This 12 months’s circumstances are additionally far lower than the primary 4 months of 2019.
Nonetheless, Gonzales mentioned lives could be saved.
“Just be sure you have a plan and formulate in order that we’re not placing this neighborhood in that scenario to repeatedly stay by way of these tragedies,” he mentioned.
As for Barber, who’s behind bars Sunday evening, Gonzales mentioned his life will change perpetually, too.
“What I might say is there’s in all probability a fantastic probability that this particular person won’t ever be in regulation enforcement once more,” he mentioned.