Cop: DWI driver tried to hide identity

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By The Staff

A Glorieta man with two prior DWI arrests on his record was arrested again on Sunday after someone spotted him passed out in his vehicle near the San Juan exit off Interstate 25 and called police.

But what the man allegedly did next has him facing six additional fourth-degree felonies.

A statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday alleges that Marcario Garcia-Lopez, 44, claimed to be Carlos Garcia when he was confronted by a state police officer.

The officer states that he found the vehicle at County Road B41A and Loma Bonita. Sitting in the driver seat was Garcia-Lopez, who was asleep. The officer noticed the keys in the vehicle and an open can of beer between Garcia-Lopez’s legs.

Garcia Lopez was asked to step out of the vehicle, and when he did, the officer noticed that he was unsteady on his feet and that he smelled of alcohol. The officer states that Garcia-Lopez admitted to drinking four beers that day. He was arrested for driving under the influence after performing poorly on field sobriety tests.

Garcia-Lopez was cited and fingerprinted under the name he originally gave the officer at the state police office. Police say he signed that name to a notice of revocation, two citations and three fingerprint cards. He was then transported to the San Miguel County Detention Center where he was booked under the name he originally provided.

But a lieutenant at the jail recognized Garcia-Lopez, although he couldn’t immediately remember his real name. After further checking, the lieutenant discovered that the inmate’s true name was Marcario Garcia-Lopez. The lieutenant confronted Garcia-Lopez, and he reportedly admitted that that is his true name, court documents allege.

The state police officer discovered that this was Garcia-Lopez’s third DWI offense and added new charges of concealing identity and six counts of forgery. Garcia-Lopez’s bond was set at  $50,000 cash. He remained behind bars on Monday.