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Man gets his 10th DWI, police say

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A Las Vegas man has been arrested for his 10th DWI offense, state police said.


John Coca, 48, 2223 New Mexico Ave., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, speeding and not driving within a single lane.


According to Magistrate Court documents, state police received a call about a possibly drunken motorcyclist around 11 p.m. Oct. 29 on N.M. Highway 65 near the county fairgrounds. Just north of Montezuma, a state police officer saw the motorcyclist, identified as Coca, traveling north and swerving all over the road.


Coca sped up, going 52 mph in a 35-mph zone, police said. The officer turned his emergency lights on, but Coca didn’t immediately stop. Two minutes later, Coca stopped and accidentally dropped his bike, police said.


The officer approached Coca and his woman passenger and helped Coca pick up the motorcycle, police said. The officer reported that he detected a strong odor of alcohol on the biker, police said.


Coca refused to submit to sobriety tests, saying he couldn’t because of injuries. He later agreed to submit to a chemical test, but then at the last minute, decided against doing so, making his DWI charge aggravated, according to court documents.


Magistrate Court set Coca’s bond at $10,000 cash-only.