Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on April 18, 2019, a Curry County jury found Tarilo Gutierrez-Robles, age 68 of Clovis, guilty of Aggravated DUI as well as driving with no insurance and open container.
The case stems from July 20, 2017 when New Mexico State Police Officer Jimmy Docherty observed the defendant's vehicle to have expired registration. He followed the defendant's vehicle which made a wide left turn leaving the roadway on to the grass on the side of the road. The defendant was stopped and a DUI investigation was done. Although the defendant refused to submit to a breath test, the officers obtained a search warrant for a blood sample. The tested sample showed that the defendant had a BAC of .09 three hours after driving. Records indicate that the defendant has four prior convictions for DUI.
The Honorable Fred Van Soelen presided over the one-day trial. Judge Van Soelen ordered that Gutierrez-Robles be remanded into custody following the jury's verdict. The defendant will be sentenced at a later date and faces a mandatory one-year in prison, with up to a $5,000 fine, screening, treatment, and lifetime ignition interlock. The sentence will be enhanced due to the prior convictions for DUI.
The State was represented by Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Scott Stover and the defendant was represented by Jeremiah Hall from the Public Defender's Office.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.