Jury clears Bloomfield man of 9th DWI charge

October 8, 2012 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Bloomfield man who had eight previous DWI convictions has been found not guilty of drunken-driving after being jailed for 10 months.

Jose Valencia crashed his vehicle on an icy U.S. 550 last December. Valencia was complaining of soreness, so the state police officer who responded didn’t do a field sobriety test.

The officer did find signs of impairment in an eye test on the 53-year-old and detected a minor smell of alcohol, according to a report ( in the Farmington Daily Times. A preliminary test showed Valencia had a 0.13 blood-alcohol content.

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