A Las Vegas man was stopped recently for his fifth DWI, state police said. That was after he allegedly attempted to change seats with a passenger.
Paul E. Sanchez, 45, 2700 Hot Springs Blvd Space 4, was charged with DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a state police officer noticed that the driver of a white Chevrolet crossed the centerline several times around 11:30 p.m. June 25.
The car pulled into the Subway parking lot, then proceeded through the Legers Liquors parking lot before stopping. The officer reported that he saw a woman in the passenger’s seat get behind the wheel and the man go into the back seat.
The officer asked the two people why they had changed places. The woman, identified as Karen Archuleta, verified what the officer saw, saying she did so because they were scared when they saw the officer turn on his emergency lights, the complaint states.
At first, Sanchez maintained that he wasn’t driving, but then admitted he was, the complaint states.
The officer asked Sanchez how much he had drunk, but he said he hadn’t had anything, police said.
“While speaking with Mr. Sanchez, I detected a strong odor consistent with the odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He possessed bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech,” the officer wrote in his report.
Magistrate Judge Philip Romero set Sanchez’s bond at $10,000 cash-only. Sanchez was taken to the county jail.
Breath tests showed that Sanchez’s blood-alcohol was at .07. That was under the state limit of .08, but officers can arrest those who are under the limit if they show signs they are intoxicated.