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Santa Clara Man Facing 12th DWI Charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Anthony Michael Sierra, the Santa Clara man a judge once called the “poster child for DUI,” has been indicted by a Dona Ana County grand jury on his 12th charge of driving while intoxicated, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

Sierra, who isn’t even allowed to have car keys, was given a three year sentence and five years on probation after his last conviction in 2008, and sentencing in that case was postponed when Sierra arrived in state District Judge Michael Murphy’s courtroom still drunk from celebrating his grandfather’s 100th birthday the night before, the Sun-News said.

He was formally charged last Thursday with aggravated drunken driving, careless driving, driving with a suspended license and without proof of insurance stemming from a March 15 incident in which he allegedly crashed into another car while intoxicated, the paper reported.

Sierra’s probation from his last conviction was revoked in March by state District Judge J.C. Robinson in Silver City after he was pulled over for speeding and told police he had consumed a 40-ounce bottle of Hurricane beer earlier in the day, the Sun-News said.

Sierra told Robinson at the time that he’d begun drinking at the age of 14 and took the “wrong path” after graduating from high school, getting his first DWI conviction in El Paso in 1992, according to the Sun-News.

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