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Albuquerque man racks up 7th DWI arrest, police say

Joe Montano, 46 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say they arrested 46-year-old Joe Montano for his seventh DWI on Thursday in northeast Albuquerque.

Montano, whose license is already revoked for previous DWI’s, is in custody and charged with aggravated DWI, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Police say an officer spotted Montano speeding down Eubank NE, driving recklessly, before pulling into a gas station.

When the officer followed him into the parking lot, Montano got out of the truck and began walking away, according to the compliant.

Police say Montano refused to obey the officer’s orders to stop and tried to flee.

“I watched as he tripped and fell to the ground and tumbled,” an officer wrote. “I pulled my Taser out, pointed the red dot on him, and told him if he got up I would Tase him.”

That’s when Montano rolled onto his back, stretched his arms out, and told the officer “he gave up,” according to the complaint.

Police say after the officer handcuffed Montano and put him into the back of his police car, the suspect began “kicking the screen and doors” and “banging his head on the screen.”

When officers checked Montano’s truck, they found there was no license plate, registration or insurance and an open container of beer inside.

Police say Montano refused multiple requests to take a sobriety test.

According to court records, Montano’s first DWI, classified as a misdemeanor at the time, happened in 1992 and his last DWI arrest was in 2014.

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