Published on March 30th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Police: Man held on 11th DWI charge
Santa Fe police say they arrested a 39-year-old man on his 11th DWI charge Tuesday evening.
Thomas Ortiz-Torres of Santa Fe allegedly admitted to police that he had consumed 12 beers before driving and crashing into a parked car in the 1500 block of Center Drive. Ortiz-Torres had trouble getting out of his 1993 Toyota pickup, which police found near the crash site shortly after 5 p.m., and he had a breath alcohol content of 0.3 — almost four times the legal limit for driving, said Celina Westervelt, public information officer for the police department.
Ortiz-Torres, who has about seven aliases and nine different recorded dates of birth, Westervelt said, was booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond on charges of aggravated DWI, having an open container of alcohol, and driving without a license and registration.
Because of Ortiz-Torres’ various aliases, online court records show only two previous convictions under the name police provided. In 2004, Ortiz-Torres was convicted of aggravated DWI, along with other charges, and sentenced to three days in jail, with 356 days suspended, by Santa Fe County Magistrate George Anaya.
In 2005, Ortiz-Torres was sentenced to 91 days in jail, with 274 days suspended, and five years of unsupervised probation, this time by Magistrate David Segura. Court websites don’t show a record of a first DWI offense for Ortiz-Torres, but they list the 2005 conviction as his third. Online jail records show that Ortiz-Torres was arrested in 2010 for aggravated battery on a police officer.
Ortiz-Torres is not the only repeat DWI offender to be arrested within the last two weeks.
David Romanik, 52, was released from jail Wednesday after being charged with his fifth DWI, according to jail records.
Romanik was arrested March 15 on Governor Miles Road. According to his statement of probable cause, he had a breath alcohol content of 0.12.
The initial Santa Fe County magistrate on Romanik’s case, Judge Richard Padilla, put a $20,000 cash or surety bond on Romanik and ordered that he be put on electronic monitoring if he were released. However, on Wednesday, Magistrate Sandra Miera released Romanik on an unsecured bond and without electronic monitoring, according to court records.
Romanik has been arrested 21 times on various charges since 1999, including a 2001 conviction for trafficking cocaine. According to online court records, his DWI arrests in 2000, 2003 and 2008 were all recorded as probation violations for his drug-trafficking conviction. Aside from being sent to a rehabilitation facility in Mora County, however, Romanik was continually put back on probation, according to court records.
A 2009 charge of aggravated fleeing of law enforcement, in which Romanik was on the run from police for about four hours, was lowered to a misdemeanor charge of resisting or evading an officer in state District Court, and Romanik’s sentence was suspended, according to online court records.
Source: santafenewmexican.com “Police: Man held on 11th DWI charge,” March 27, 2013.