Brian Watchman
Brian Watchman (Courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff's Office)
FARMINGTON — A Fruitland man with six prior drunken driving arrests was arrested on suspicion of a seventh DWI Tuesday morning after he crashed into two San Juan County Sheriff's Office patrol cars during a high-speed chase, police said.

Brian Watchman, 46, was charged with aggravated DWI, aggravated battery on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing from law enforcement and misdemeanor charges in connection to car chase.

At about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, two San Juan County Sheriff's deputies saw Watchman drive over a curb at the Giant Gas Station, 1020 N.M. Highway 371, also known as Bisti Highway, said sheriff's office spokeswoman Beth Utley.

Sgt. Matt Wilcox parked near Watchman and he "started driving head-on towards my patrol truck," Wilcox said in a prepared statement.

Watchman allegedly sideswiped Wilcox's truck and turned south on the highway.

He turned onto Navajo Route 36 and headed west faster than 100 mph before turning and around and driving back toward Farmington, according to the sheriff's office.

Police estimated he was driving 75 mph when he drove through a red light near the entrance to Northern Edge Navajo Casino.

Watchman drove near San Juan Regional Medical Center before he turned west on West Main Street, according to the sheriff's office.

At the intersection of West Main Street and Murray Drive, he allegedly ran into deputy Floyd Foutz's patrol truck.


The crash stopped Watchman, and the deputies were able to arrest him.

Watchman was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries. Wilcox and Foutz were not hurt, Utley said.

Watchman's most recent DWI conviction was in 2008, according to a state courts website.

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