Jerard Adams
Jerard Adams (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 36-year-old Farmington man was charged last week with his sixth drunken driving offense after he allegedly was found by an officer at 9 a.m. on Saturday shirtless and mumbling incoherently.

Jerard Adams, 802 E. 25th St., was charged Saturday in Farmington Magistrate Court with his sixth aggravated driving while intoxicated offense, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

A Farmington patrol officer responded to the 7-2-11 on East 20th Street after receiving reports of an intoxicated man getting into a truck, according to a criminal complaint.

The officer located the vehicle on Monterey Street and initiated a traffic stop. The truck nearly hit a trailer before parking on the east side of the road.

The driver, later identified as Adams, "stumbled" out of the truck shirtless, the complaint states. Also at the scene was Adams' mother and brother, both of whom told the officer in the complaint that they were trying to locate Adams.

Adams allegedly refused to perform field sobriety tests and denied that he was driving, the complaint states. He also refused to perform a preliminary breath test so "aggravated" was added to the drunken driving offense.

Adams was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for an involuntary blood draw. During the draw, Adams allegedly used vulgar language and resisted an officer's efforts to restrain him, the complaint states.

Adams was convicted of his second drunken driving offense in February 2009, according to court records. Adams was charged twice, in 2007 and 2008, with drunken driving stemming from an incident in December 2007, but the charges were dismissed with prejudice after an officer failed to appear in court.

Judge Mark Steven Hawkinson found probable cause that a crime was committed on Monday and Adams' bail was set at $60,000, according to court records.

Adams faces anywhere from 18 to 30 months in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted of the sixth drunken driving offense, which is a third-degree felony.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for June 25.

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