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State police arrest repeat DWI offenders

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By David Giuliani

The state police arrested three Las Vegans in recent days on DWI charges -- all of whom have been charged with the offense several times before.

Leonard R. Montoya, 43, 1003 Tilden St., was charged with his seventh DWI offense on Sunday.

A state police officer noticed that Montoya was weaving between lanes in his pickup truck on Mountain View Drive, according to a criminal complaint. After the officer pulled over Montoya, the driver admitted that he had come from Legers bar, which was near where he was stopped. His arrest occurred shortly after closing time.

Last Saturday, Valerie Torres, 39, 713 El Creston Circle, was stopped for her fifth DWI, state police said.

She was pulled over in Tecolote not long after state police had been informed that she was leaving from a fight, in her Chevrolet Suburban around 5:30 p.m.

Torres was upset when a state police officer asked her about her alcohol consumption, her criminal complaint states.

“Well, yeah, I drank all kinds of whiskey last night,” she reportedly told the officer.

A Tecolote woman told the state police that when Torres was backing out of a driveway, she almost hit the woman. It was believed to be on purpose.

On Sunday, Richard Romero, 32, 2412 Calle Dulce, was charged with his fourth DWI offense.

According to a criminal complaint, an officer tried to stop Romero on New Mexico Avenue because he was speeding. But Romero wouldn’t pull over, police said. He, instead, tried to flee from the officer, leading police on a pursuit on Las Vegas’ west side.

At Union and Sapello streets, Romero stopped and ran out of his car, according to the complaint. An officer tried to deploy his Taser, but it didn’t work. Romero was captured anyway.

All three suspects refused to submit to alcohol-blood tests, state police said. So officers obtained search warrants to get the tests done.

All three were charged with DWI and driving on revoked licenses.

They were taken to the county jail.