Mora officer fired after alleged DWI

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Las Vegas Optic


The Mora County officer who is accused of driving drunk in his government car has lost his job.


Ramon Montoya, 28, of Sapello was terminated last week, Undersheriff Michael Benajamin confirmed. It was done after an internal affairs investigation, he said. 


On Oct. 25, Montoya was found passed out in an unmarked sheriff’s car on Interstate 25, state police said. 


Montoya was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. 

His blood-alcohol level was reported at .30, more than three times the state’s presumed level of intoxication. 


Montoya, who started in July, was an uncommissioned officer who transported inmates. 


The Sheriff’s Department reported Montoya missing around 11 a.m. Oct. 25. 


Shortly after 7 p.m., state police were informed that a silver sport utility vehicle from the Mora County Sheriff’s Department was on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 with its lights on about 40 miles north of Las Vegas.


State police Officer Wayne Alcon stopped and knocked on the window of the car. Montoya opened the door, and Alcon noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Montoya’s breath. 


The keys were in the car’s ignition, and the gear selector was in the drive position, police said. Montoya’s car had run out of gas, police said.  


Asked if he had been drinking, Montoya said he had had four or five beers and two shots of whiskey, according to court records. 

 Mora County Magistrate Judge John Sanchez set Montoya’s bond at $5,000 and placed the deputy on a 12-hour mandatory hold.