Police: Man gets his 12th DWI

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By David Giuliani

A Las Vegas man was arrested for his 12th DWI last week, state police said.

Starkie Montaño, 60, 2505 Collins Drive, Apartment 19, was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license and having an open container of alcohol.

According to a criminal complaint, Montaño was driving on Collins Drive when he almost hit off-duty Officer Martin Salazar’s squad car around 6:30 p.m. July 19. Salazar pulled over Montaño and called the Las Vegas police, who didn’t have any available officers, the complaint states. So state police were dispatched.

In his report, state police Officer Phil Leger reported that Montaño had a strong odor of alcohol. The suspect reported that he had had three beers at Leger’s bar, where he had just left, the complaint states. Montaño denied that he had been driving.

Officers found a pint of imported Vodka with its seal broken and alcohol removed, police said.

According to the complaint, Montaño took a breath test, showing that his blood-alcohol level was .23 and .24, three times the state’s presumed level of intoxication.

He was sent to the county jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond.

The state police has caught a number of repeat DWI offenders in recent months. In early July, Jesus Barraza-Ruiz, 43, 1204 Montezuma St., was charged with the fourth-degree felony of DWI, his fifth reported offense.

On June 25, state police arrested Paul E. Sanchez, 45, for his fifth DWI and a day later, they nabbed Michael Benavidez, 49, for his 10th, according to reports. Both men live in Las Vegas.

In February, state police charged Leonard R. Montoya, 44, of Las Vegas for his seventh DWI, they said.