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Las Cruces police officer quits after being charged with DWI

LAS CRUCES – A Las Cruces police officer has resigned after being charged with an aggravated DWI, police officials confirmed.

Ryan Holguin, a patrol officer for the Las Cruces Police Department, was pulled over by a Doña Ana County sheriff’s deputy around 2:43 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, for allegedly failing to maintain his lane of travel, according to DASO incident records.

Holguin, who was traveling south along N.M. 28 in an unknown vehicle, was stopped near Vinton Road in Anthony, New Mexico, according to DASO.

A responding deputy reported that Holguin had an “odor of consumed alcoholic beverage, slurred speech and bloodshot watery eyes.”

During the traffic stop, Holguin allegedly refused to conduct standard field sobriety tests and submit to chemical testing.

The deputy also learned that Holguin’s driver’s license had been suspended.

Holguin was charged with aggravated DWI. It is unclear if he is facing additional charges. DASO incident records indicate that he was “charged, cited and (his) vehicle (was) towed.”

But Holguin was not booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center, according to jail records. It is unclear why. The county’s public information office did not immediately respond to questions.

LCPD spokesman Dan Trujillo said the department first learned of the incident on Friday morning. Holguin was then immediately placed on administrative leave, Trujillo said.

But later on Friday, Holguin submitted his resignation, Trujillo said. Holguin had been with LCPD since March 6, 2017.

Carlos Andres López can be reached 575-541-5453, or @carlopez_los on Twitter.


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