PRESS RELEASE: DWI checkpoints to be conducted in May

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting DWI checkpoints during the month of May. These checkpoints are part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths related to drunk driving. The DWI checkpoints are in addition to FPD’s ongoing R.A.D.D. campaign, which encourages citizens to call 911 to report aggressive and drunk drivers. The Farmington Police Department has made approximately 100 DWI arrests so far this year. There were a total of 794 DWI arrests made in 2015, 242 of those arrests were from citizen calls. The Farmington Police Department would like to thank the public for taking an active role in helping to keep our roadways safe. We encourage everyone to remember and participate in R.A.D.D. – report aggressive and drunk drivers.

PRESS RELEASE: DUI checkpoints to be conducted in March

 

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Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the Aztec and Bloomfield Police Departments, will be conducting DUI checkpoints during the month of March. These checkpoints are part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths related to drunk driving. This is in addition to FPD’s ongoing RADD campaign, which encourages citizens to call 911 to report aggressive and drunk drivers. In January, FPD received 275 citizen calls related to impaired or aggressive drivers. These calls resulted in 34 DUI arrests. There were a total of 83 DUI arrests in January and five alcohol related crashes. The Farmington Police Department would like to thank citizens for taking an active role in helping to keep our roadways safe.

Citizen Recognition

Chief recognizes citizen for his role in apprehension of DWI offender

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October 9, 2014

On Monday, August 4, 2014 at approximately 12:41 p.m. a Farmington police officer called out on the radio in reference to a vehicle speeding and colliding with parked vehicles in the area of Behrend and Arrington. Several citizens had also called dispatch to report the erratic driver who was traveling well above the speed limit and endangering the public. One citizen, later identified as Isaac Kynast, observed the vehicle traveling south on Miller Avenue at estimated speeds of 80 to 85 miles per hour. Mr. Kynast followed the vehicle so that he could provide dispatch with updates of its whereabouts. The vehicle entered the intersection of Miller and Murray where it hit the center median and then continued to travel west on Murray. The vehicle ultimately left the roadway at Murray and Auburn and came to a stop. Mr. Kynast observed the driver exit his vehicle and run west where he was intercepted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Police Officers. The driver was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI (his second offense), driving on a suspended license, open container, and related traffic offenses.

The Farmington Police Department would like to recognize Mr. Kynast for taking a stand against drunk driving and helping to protect the citizens of Farmington. There is no doubt that Mr. Kynast’s actions prevented the suspect from causing further harm to the community. Let his actions serve as an example of what a single phone call from a dedicated and caring citizen can do for his community.

On behalf of the Farmington Police Department, I am honoring Isaac Kynast with the utmost gratitude for his selfless assistance with protecting the citizens of the City of Farmington.

Thank you Mr. Kynast!