FARMINGTON — Despite a highly publicized crackdown, suspected drunken drivers have made several major blunders in San Juan County in recent weeks.

On Dec. 12, Cody Olachea, 25, was allegedly driving impaired when he ran a red light and collided with a Farmington police cruiser at the intersection of East Main Street and Butler Avenue.

The police officer who was hit received minor injuries and Olachea's passenger was also injured.

On Dec. 23, Kenosha Long, 24, allegedly fled from police after being pulled over and crashed into an electric utility box at the intersection of Aztec Boulevard and Light Plant Road while she was intoxicated, Aztec police Capt. Troy Morris said.

The crash broke the traffic light at the intersection and the light will not be fixed until next year, said Ruben Garcia, the transportation department's traffic engineer for the region.

Olachea and Long were both arrested and charged with DWI and other crimes. They are two of dozens of county residents who have been recently arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired.

Police officers throughout the county are vigilantly looking for drunken drivers as part of a statewide crackdown during the holidays.

And the increased enforcement is leading to arrests.

Farmington police made 89 DWI arrests from Nov. 20 through Dec. 27, said Lt. Taft Tracy.

The agency will have more officers on patrol until Jan.


7 as part of the "Winter Superblitz," he said.

The superblitz is a program that gives law enforcement agencies across the state additional funds during the holiday season to target drunken drivers. The superblitz is from Nov. 16 to Jan. 7.

The agencies use the funds to increase patrol officers and organize drunken driving checkpoints.

The sheriff's office is also participating in the superblitz. The agency's recent DWI arrest statistics were not available Friday, but officials said the increased enforcement is leading to arrests and also deterring drunken drivers.

"DWI numbers have decreased over the past couple of years and I think it's because of increased patrols and checkpoints," Sheriff's office Sgt. Scott Facka said.

It's not clear what local law enforcement has planned for the rest of the superblitz, but Tracy said police will continue to actively search for drunken drivers.

"There will be increased saturation patrols and there's a likelihood there will be checkpoints," he said. "I would encourage people to drive as if there are going to be checkpoints."

Daily Times reported Greg Yee contributed to this report.