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Game warden arrests motorist on drunken driving charge

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Game warden arrests motorist on drunken driving charge

MORA – A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish game warden arrested a Rainsville man on drunken driving and other charges after a 10-mile pursuit on N.M. 518 near Sapello.

Obed Salas, 58, was arrested May 16 by Conservation Officer Michael diGrazia and charged with aggravated driving while under the influence, aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, driving on a revoked license and possession of an open container of alcohol, according to police reports and court records.

Salas was allegedly driving his black, 2002 Chevy pickup erratically on the highway and refused to pull over when diGrazia began following him with his emergency lights and siren activated, according diGrazia’s report of the incident. Salas stopped after a 10-mile pursuit and took off running before diGrazia caught and tackled him.

Salas was arraigned before Mora Magistrate John Sanchez and placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring. He also was ordered to refrain from any alcohol consumption. Further court proceedings in his case are pending. For more information about a career in law enforcement with the department, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.