Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that on January 9, 2018, Allen I. Tapia, age 40, of Clovis, NM, was found guilty by a Curry County jury of Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs, 4th offense, a felony and Open Container, a misdemeanor.
On June 25, 2016, Tapia was arrested by Clovis Police Officer, Chris Caron. Officer Caron observed Tapia throw a bud light can from the driver’s side window of his vehicle. Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Caron smelled an odor of an alcohol beverage and noticed Tapia’s eyes were blood shot and watery. Tapia refused to submit to standard field sobriety tests as well as all chemical and blood tests. Defendant is currently in custody for another pending DWI from June 10, 2017.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial and ordered that sentencing will be set for a later date. Tapia has three prior DWI convictions. He is facing a sentence of up to 18 months prison, 6 months mandatory; lifetime license revocation with 5-year court review; up to a $5,000 fine; other mandatory penalties: alcohol evaluation, treatment, and lifetime ignition interlock with 5-year court review.
Assistant District Attorney, Kristen Beltran prosecuted the case for the State and Assistant Public Defender, Leah Hutchins represented Tapia.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.