Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced William Whitehead, age 60, of Grady, NM, was found guilty after a one-day jury trial today of Aggravated DWI, 6th Offense, a third degree felony. The jury deliberated less than 15 minutes before returning their guilty verdict. This was a re-trial after the case ended in a hung jury in December of 2017.
In October of 2016, witnesses reported to law enforcement that Whitehead had driven up to a barn in Grady, NM with a beer in his hand and was being belligerent and refused to leave. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office later found Whitehead intoxicated lying on the floor of his residence. Whitehead admitted to drinking and driving, but refused field sobriety tests and refused to provide a specimen for testing.
A 6th offense DWI in New Mexico carries a lifetime license revocation with a five year court review; up to 30 months in prison, with 18 months mandatory imprisonment; up to a $5,000 fine; lifetime ignition interlock with a five year review; and other mandatory penalties, fines and conditions.
Assistant District Attorney Kristen Beltran prosecuted the case for the State. Assistant Public Defender, Leah Hutchins represented Whitehead.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.