FARMINGTON — Police arrested six drivers, including two for DWI, during a five-hour checkpoint in Farmington on Friday.

Farmington and New Mexico police set up a DWI checkpoint just south of Sunrise Parkway on Butler Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday night.

Police hadn't set up a checkpoint near the intersection before. They chose the spot because vehicles coming and going from PiƱon Hills Boulevard drive through the intersection and because there have been recent DWI arrests near the intersection, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said.

In January a suspected drunken driver crashed into a car that was parked near that intersection and fled the scene. Frankie Crawford, 60, was arrested for suspicion of DWI after he fled from police and crashed into four cars in that case.

Another reason police chose the intersection was because traffic on Butler has increased dramatically in recent years, New Mexico State Police Sgt. Ron Foreman said.

On Friday night, Farmington police officers stopped 257 vehicles. One person was arrested for DWI, one person was arrested for an outstanding warrant and 12 citations were issued, Tracy said.

New Mexico state police also stopped vehicles during the checkpoint. The agency made five arrests and issued numerous citations, Foreman said.

One of the arrests was for DWI, two were for driving with a suspended or revoked license and one arrest was for an outstanding warrant, he said.

"Based on the number of arrests if was a successful checkpoint," Foreman said.


"It was very active compared to some places" where there have been checkpoints.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the state.

Tracy said Farmington police made two DWI arrests in Farmington on St. Patrick's Day.

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