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Woman Arrested After Arriving Intoxicated To Court

on August 5, 2017 - 5:09pm

Monique Badonie

Los Alamos Daily Post

An Albuquerque woman slated for trial Thursday afternoon before Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk on a charge of driving under the influence appeared intoxicated and smelled so strongly of alcohol that Probation Officer Linda Pena conducted a sobriety test in the courtroom, which indicated that her blood alcohol level was .237.

Monique Badonie, 22, was scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. but did not arrive until 2 p.m. She was asked if she had driven from Albuquerque and said her boyfriend, Trevor Martin had driven.

Under her pre-trial conditions of release, she was forbidden from drinking alcohol so she was taken into custody by Los Alamos Police Officers. Martin was later arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Badonie was initially arrested May 28 by LAPD Cpl. Jemuel Montoya who was running radar on N.M. 4 when he spotted a vehicle with all the windows covered with clothing and obstructing the driver’s view. When he turned around and was attempting to catch up with the vehicle to perform a traffic, a piece of clothing blew off the car and landed in the lane of travel ahead of him.

Montoya’s report said he turned on his emergency lights and the vehicle slowed down and continued east until it reached the entrance to Bandelier National Monument. During this time, Montoya observed two people moving around in the vehicle. When he made contact with Badonie, he could immediately smell an “overwhelming odor of intoxicating liquor” inside the vehicle.

Badonie allegedly admitted to drinking two beers earlier. When he asked her about the smell of alcohol in the vehicle, her passenger said he had spilled beer earlier and that it was all over the floor.

Montoya asked Badonie to get out of the vehicle and attempted to conduct standard field sobriety tests. He asked her again how much she had had to drink and she allegedly told him she had multiple shots before leaving Albuquerque and beer while she was in the Jemez.

Montoya asked her how many open containers were in the vehicle and she allegedly responded that there were some under the passenger seat and in the back seat.

Montoya placed Badonie under arrest and a breath sample obtained at the Los Alamos Detention Center indicated blood alcohol levels of .11 and .10. She was charged with driving under the influence, open container, obstruction to driver’s view and prohibited activities while driving without a valid license.