Doña Ana County

SHERIFF’S OFFICE UNVEILS NEW DWI UNIT

SHERIFF’S OFFICE UNVEILS NEW DWI UNIT

             Deputies, civilian staff, members of the media and Doña Ana County residents got the first glimpse of the newest tool against drunk driving in Doña Ana County Wednesday morning – a state-of-the-art mobile DWI vehicle that will be used at checkpoints and saturation patrols starting as early as December. 
            The 2018 Peterbilt, fabricated into a mobile DWI processing command station by LDV Specialty Vehicles in Wisconsin, was purchased through a grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
            New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez addressed a crowd of about 75 people Wednesday morning at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department. 
            “No more excuses,” Gov. Martinez remarked. “That’s our new motto in New Mexico to ensure our roads are safe from people who choose to get behind the wheel drunk.”
            “This vehicle will certainly help us do that,” said Sgt. Dason Allen, who first began the grant process to acquire the truck in 2017. “Having a sophisticated mobile command station like this one at our checkpoints and saturation patrols will reduce the time it takes to process drunk drivers on their way to jail.”
            “We now have another tool in the box to keep our streets safe,” added Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique Vigil. “And this department will put it to good use.”
            The vehicle features 10 holding cells, two breathalyzer machines, six workstations for deputies to plug in laptops and an onboard lavatory. 
            The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department took possession of the vehicle over the summer.  
 
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302 or after hours at (575) 635-7168.

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