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UPDATED: Ex-State Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former New Mexico State Police Officer Daniel Barde pleaded not guilty to several charges in a Valencia County courtroom Monday, KOB-TV reported.

Barde, 33, was first arrested July 5 after being pulled over on Interstate 25 near Belen during a traffic stop, KOB-TV said. He failed a field sobriety test, refused a breathalyzer test and was arrested for DWI with his 3-year-old son and an open bottle of Jim Beam in the car.

Barde resigned from the State Police on July 19, after being arrested a second time for allegedly refusing to leave an Albuquerque hotel, KOB-TV said.

A Valencia County grand jury indicted Barde on one count of child abuse not leading to bodily harm or death, one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of having an open container of alcohol in his car, according to the Valencia County News-Bulletin.

He was released without bond pending trial at his arraignment Monday, KOB-TV said.


5:10am 8/3/11 — Ex-State Police Officer Arrested a Second Time

A former State Police officer was arrested for the second time in a month Tuesday on charges of suspected criminal trespass and refusal to obey an officer, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Daniel Barde, 33, had resigned after his first arrest on July 5 in connection with suspected drunken driving and child endangerment, the Journal said.

He was arrested again Tuesday afternoon at the Suburban Extended Stay hotel near Wellesley and Menaul NE, according to the paper.

Barde’s resignation was effective July 19, State Police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson told the Journal.

According to a criminal complaint, Barde appeared intoxicated and refused to leave the Albuquerque hotel on Tuesday when hotel security asked him to, KOB-TV reported.

The complaint said Barde refused to sit down while officers talked to him and at one point made fists with both hands, at which point officers took him down and arrested him on charges of resisting and criminal trespass, according to Eyewitness News 4.

Barde began his career with State Police nine years ago in Chama and was transferred to Socorro in 2005, Johnson told the Journal. He returned to Chama five months before his resignation.


8:20am 7/20/11 — Child Abuse Charges Added to State Cop’s Case

The off-duty New Mexico State Police officer arrested in Belen on an aggravated DWI charge will now face charges of child abuse.

And a warrant was issued for 33-year-old Daniel Barde’s arrest last week after he failed to appear at a court hearing.

Barde was a no-show for his July 14 court appearance after police said he had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol when police pulled him over July 5 on Interstate 25 near Mile Marker 190. He is also charged with an open container after police found an empty alcoholic beverage in his personal vehicle.

Deputy District Attorney Ron Lopez said the child abuse charge was added when the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office confirmed Barde’s 4-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Lopez said the added charge had nothing to do with Barde not showing up for his scheduled arraignment.

He said Magistrate Tina Gallegos issued a bench warrant for Barde’s arrest. The next day, Barde turned himself into authorities and was released on his own recognizance on Monday.

Barde, an officer stationed in Chama, performed poorly on field sobriety tests and shortly after was booked into the Valencia County Adult Detention Center.

Lopez said Barde wasn’t initially charged with child abuse because he said the district attorney’s office never received a report from New Mexico State Police. He said an outside witness, not within the police department, said there was a 4-year-old boy in the car at the time of the arrest.

“There was no mention of a child in the vehicle,” Lopez said. “The thing is, we count on New Mexico State Police to provide us the info. We don’t indicate to them what they put in the complaint.”

New Mexico State Police Sgt. Tim Johnson said the department “tried to charge Barde with endangerment, but the DA didn’t want to.”

On July 6, Johnson sent out a press release that did not include the information about the 4-year-old boy. A written request by the News-Bulletin for the initial police report is pending.

“The officer was not being charged for that,” Johnson said. “It’s not important to drag a kid into this. I’m not huge into releasing information on children anyway.”

Barde was been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation.


5:05am 7/19/11 — Fugitive State Cop Charged With DWI Surrenders

Daniel Barde, a New Mexico State Police officer who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly driving while intoxicated, then went on the run after failing to appear in court in Valencia County, surrendered to Pojoaque police on Friday, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

Barde, who was stationed until recently in Silver City, was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center Friday night and was being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond after a warrant was issued for failure to appear in court last week, the Sun-News said.

The 33-year-old officer was arrested July 5 when a tip was called into the Drunk Busters hotline and minutes later he was pulled over on Interstate 25 near mile marker 190, according to a State Police news release.

Barde was off duty and driving his own vehicle at the time of the arrest, the Sun-News said.


9:15am 7/7/11 — Off-Duty State Cop Had Child in Car During DWI Arrest

A State Police officer who was arrested Tuesday in Valencia County on suspicion of driving while intoxicated had a small child in his car at the time of the arrest, State Police confirmed today to KOB-TV.

Daniel Barde, 33, was arrested around 5 p.m. Tuesday after police received a tip from the “Drunk Busters” hotline, KOB-TV reported.

According to police, Barde had an open container in his car, smelled like alcohol and failed field sobriety tests, Eyewitness News 4 said.

Barde was reportedly driving his own personal car and was off-duty at the time of his arrest.

According to KOB-TV, the young boy who was in the car at the time of Barde’s arrest was taken to a police substation where the child’s mother picked him up.

Sgt. Tim Johnson, State Police spokesman, told Eyewitness News 4 that no child endangerment charges have been filed at this time, and that such charges were presented to the District Attorney’s Office but were dismissed.


1:11pm 7/6/11 — Off-Duty State Police Officer Arrested for Allegedly Driving Drunk

A State Police officer accused of aggravated DWI and having an open container while off-duty and driving his personally owned vehicle has been placed on administrative leave with pay while an internal investigation is being conducted, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson.

Johnson said in a news release Wednesday that Daniel Barde, 33, was stopped while driving northbound on Interstate 25 in Valencia County on Tuesday after State Police dispatch received a call on the Drunk Busters Hotline. The call was received at about 5:01 p.m. and the traffic stop was made at about 5:07 p.m.

The news release said the officer observed Barde had blood shot, watery eyes, and the officer could smell the odor of alcohol emitting from Barde’s breath. After performing poorly on standardized field sobriety tests, Barde was placed under arrest, according to the news release.

Barde was booked into the Valencia County Adult Detention Center. He was later released on his own recognizance with Magistrate Judge Tina Gallegos’ approval, the news release said.