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Teacher still in school after 3rd DWI

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Lawrence Vigil, a math teacher hired earlier this year at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Rio Rancho, remains on the job after being arrested on suspicion of third-offense drunken driving.

“He is still teaching in the classroom,” Rio Rancho Public Schools district spokeswoman Kim Vesely said Friday. “Obviously, we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

Because the incident that led to Vigil’s Aug. 25 arrest took place during his time off and not on school property, the district views the incident as “not having a detrimental impact on the educational environment,” Vesely said.

An attempt to contact Vigil, 29, at the telephone number listed on the police report yielded a recorded message saying that the call could not be completed.

Rio Rancho police responded at about 1 a.m. Aug. 25 to a call that a man suspected of being inebriated was trying to enter a house, but the man left before officers arrived. Two officers went to a house in the 4700 block of Delanna Drive, where Vigil was known to be living, the report said. The officers parked at a nearby intersection, and soon saw a car speeding and crossing lanes on Delanna Drive.

Police engaged their lights and siren, and followed the car, which turned into a driveway. The driver, later identified as Vigil, immediately began to get out of his car, despite an officer’s instruction to remain in the vehicle. Vigil was arrested after performing poorly on field sobriety tests. Tests showed a blood-alcohol level of greater than .08, the report stated. He was also cited for careless driving. He was booked on a third-offense DWI into the Sandoval County Detention Center.

A criminal history check, the report said, indicated Vigil had two prior DWI arrests.