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Roswell man booked on a fourth DWI in Hobbs

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A Roswell man was arrested Friday on his fourth intoxicated driving charge after Hobbs police pulled him over at a Dal Paso Street intersection.

Martinez

Marcos Martinez, 59, was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (fourth offense), a fourth-degree felony. He was booked at the Hobbs City Jail and is set for a Nov. 16 hearing in Hobbs Magistrate Court.

On Friday, around 8:03 a.m., Hobbs police stopped a Cadillac Escalade at the Dal Paso and Dunnam intersection for “traffic lights and required position.” The driver allegedly approached an intersection with a green light for Dal Paso traffic, slowed and then turned right from West Marland into the inside lane of traffic, causing another vehicle to “brake to avoid a collision,” according to the criminal complaint.

“The Cadillac came to almost a complete stop in the inside lane, then signaled to turn right,” the officer wrote. “As the Cadillac made the right turn onto Dunnam St., the rear passenger tire struck the curb.”

The complaint states the driver, identified as Martinez, had bloodshot watery eyes and a faint odor of alcohol. He told police he’d been sick the night before and drank Nyquil. Martinez also reportedly told police he rubbed hand sanitizer on his face and hands before the traffic stop. He was arrested on DWI after undergoing field sobriety tests.

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He took two breath tests at the Hobbs Police Department that showed “no alcohol” and agreed to have his blood drawn, which was sent for testing at a state lab. A records check by Hobbs police showed Martinez had three prior DWI’s (two in 1983 and one 1989). The officer noted she identified four of five pills that Martinez had in his pocket, but none were considered to be a controlled substance and the fifth appeared to be a vitamin.