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NMSP: Drunken driver hits State Police vehicle during sixth DWI arrest

Alex Vigil, 60 (NMSP)


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man with five prior DWI arrests racked up another Tuesday afternoon after police say he rammed a State Police vehicle during a DWI stop south of Santa Fe.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Santa Fe Magistrate Court, 60-year-old Alex Vigil is charged with his sixth DWI, aggravated battery upon a police officer, open container and driving with a revoked license due to prior DWI arrest.

Neither Vigil or the officer were injured in the incident.

Police say someone called the Drunk Buster hotline at 2 p.m. to report a possible drunk driver going southbound on Interstate 25 in a pick-up truck with a flatbed.

According to the complaint, an officer found Vigil at La Bajada rest stop soon after and attempted to pull him over.

Police say Vigil then put his truck in gear and reversed, hitting the officer’s vehicle before pulling into a parking space.

“As I opened the door of the vehicle I could smell a strong odor of alcohol,” an officer wrote in the complaint. “I asked Mr. Vigil how much he had to drink, he responded with ‘too much.’”

Vigil was arrested and booked into the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center without further incident.

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