Man accused of ramming cars

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By David Giuliani

A Las Vegas man is accused of ramming cars and nearly hitting four people in the process, police say.

Marvin Martinez, 21, 119 Railroad Ave., was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated and criminal damage.

According to a police report, Martinez rammed several cars in the 5100 block of Hightower north of town shortly after midnight last Tuesday. When state police officers showed up, they witnessed Martinez hitting a white minivan, the report states.

When an officer ordered Martinez to the ground, he refused. The officer then fired a Taser, a high-voltage stun gun, but it didn’t seem to affect Martinez, the report states, but he complied with the officer’s orders after that.

Martinez admitted to officers that he drank several beers and shots of whiskey, state police said.

He was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital after being arrested for a blood draw to determine his blood-alcohol level. A magistrate judge set his bail at $25,000 cash-only.

Mary Yara, who owns the damaged cars, cried during a phone interview when describing the incident.

“I lost six cars in 15 to 20 minutes. I lost everything,” she said. “My fence is all torn up. I’m asking for justice.”

Yara said she wishes Martinez would face more charges.

“I’ve never hurt anybody. Why did this happen to me?”

Martinez is no stranger to law enforcement. According to the New Mexico courts Web site, he pleaded guilty to an aggravated domestic battery charge and no contest to an aggravated battery charge — all of which took place last year.