SHERIFF TO IMPLEMENT DWI TASK FORCE

SHERIFF TO IMPLEMENT DWI TASK FORCE

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department will purchase and implement a DWI breath-alcohol testing vehicle.

With a $50,000 grant from the state Transportation Department, Sheriff Juan Hernandez will form a DWI enforcement unit, which will use the mobile testing unit. A field deputy who suspects a driver is intoxicated may call the DWI enforcement unit to respond to the scene to test and process the suspected DWI offender, using the mobile testing unit.

While the DWI enforcement unit tests the suspect for intoxication, the field deputy can return to his or her respective duties. Offenders will be transported directly to the Doña Ana County Detention Center from the scene, because processing that would have been done at the department or one of its substations, can be done in the mobile testing vehicle.

"This will enable us to more efficiently enforce DWI laws and allow our field deputies to focus more on patrolling our communities," Hernandez said.

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.