NM officer wasn't booked after DWI arrest

A sergeant allowed the officer to call for a ride after his motorcycle was stopped at a DWI checkpoint


By Rozanna M. Martinez
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque police sergeant has been temporarily reassigned after issuing a Bernalillo police officer a criminal summons early Saturday for aggravated DWI and not booking him into jail.

Instead, Bernalillo police detective Berto Chavez was allowed to call for a ride after his motorcycle was stopped at an Albuquerque police DWI checkpoint on N.M. 528, just outside Rio Rancho, according to a police report. Chavez was off-duty at the time.

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