New Mexico

An Albuquerque woman was filmed yelling obscenities at a police officer after she was arrested for allegedly riding her electric scooter in the wrong direction while intoxicated.

Lily Romero, 27, was the first resident of the New Mexico city who was arrested for DWI on an electric scooter – just days after the vehicles were legally allowed onto the town’s roadways.

Albuquerque rolled out its rent-a-scooter program operated by the Boston-based company Zagster.

Local laws require e-scooter riders to stay in bike lanes. Wherever there aren’t bike lanes, e-scooters must be ridden on sidewalks.

After being stopped, Romero told police that she was returning from a bar, where she drank two beers, KOB-TV reported.

In the police complaint, officers allege that they could smell alcohol on her breath.

In the video, the officer is seen trying to explain to Romero why she is being pulled over despite her not driving a car.

‘If I fail this I’m going to get a DWI? Is that what you’re saying?’

The officer replies that there will be an investigation and that her being charged is a possibility.

A detention hearing for a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor repeatedly turned into chaos soon after the judge denied Sigmund Gomez bond.

Gomez was told to stay away from the alleged victim and his own children, unless authorized by New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and told to not have any contact with his girlfriend, Sara Ybarra, moments before he became upset.

Gomez, who pushed and yelled at a courtroom sheriff’s deputy, was escorted out by seven deputies.

Gomez and Ybarra’s family members became emotional during Gomez’s outbreak and while he was being removed from the room.

Gomez was charged last week with eight second-degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and four fourth-degree felony counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Ybarra was also charged in connection to his arrest with a one third-degree felony count of child abuse and one misdemeanor count of failing to report child abuse.

During the detention hearing, a Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office investigator testified that the investigation found Gomez was sexually abusing the 15-year-old victim from July 2018 to April 2019.

Detective Carbajal said that Ybarra was an abuser as well and noted an instance when “she stripped the victim naked, threw her on the floor and told Gomez … ‘If you want her, you can have her.’”

The defense called Ybarra’s sister to the stand. She defended the defendants and said Ybarra is her caretaker.

Judge Conrad Perea granted Ybarra a $10,000 secured bond under the conditions that she continue to take care of her sister and have no contact with the alleged victim or her own children. He also ordered her to not have any contact with Gomez.

A trial date for the two has not been scheduled.

Jenni Monet, the award-winning journalist whose reports and insights about Native issues are among the most widely read around the world, was arrested in New Mexico last week and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.
The incident occurred in Santa Fe on April 5. According to a police report, Monet — whose surname is Monette — was found inside her car in the parking lot of a liquor store.


“A DWI investigation was initiated due to an odor of alcohol coming from the suspects breath,” the report reads. Monet “refused” to engage in a field sobriety test and “resisted deputies as they placed her in handcuffs.”
“The suspect refused to submit to a breath test,” the report continues.