James Quintana, 47, was pulled over for his sixth DWI in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 9, outside of a sports bar. His wife reportedly drove up to the scene of his arrest -- but instead of helping, she made things a whole lot worse.
Quintana’s wife, 41-year-old Cherity Roybal-Vigil pulled up to the scene in her car reportedly reeking of alcohol. In the backseat of her car was her 11-year-old son.
“It kind of questions judgement right? When you have someone who's showing up at a scene with police officers -- drunk,” Juan Rios, spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, told KRQE.
Using a breathalyzer, officers determined Roybal-Vigil's blood alcohol content was 0.15, more than twice the legal limit. When asked how much alcohol she had, Roybal-Vigil replies, “I’ve had two glasses of wine and my mother’s on her way here.”
The family’s encounter with police was captured on the officer’s dashboard camera (video below).
“I have to work from 5 o’clock in the morning to f**** 3 in the afternoon, so…” she tells the deputy while taking a field sobriety test.
The deputy criticizes her for not taking the test seriously.
She was asked to count backwards from 63 to 41.
“Fifty-three, 52, 51, 50, 54, 53, 52, 51, 50,” she counts. “Forty, 41, 42 and 43. Was that correct?”
Another deputy helps the boy out of the car. As she is arrested, Roybal-Vigil waves to her son.
He says, “I love you mom,” and she replies, “Love you too dude.”
Roybal-Vigil and Quintana were both arrested and charged with DWI. Though Roybal-Vigil has since been released, Quintana remains behind bars. After his parents were arrested, the boy was placed in the custody of a relative.
Rios told KRQE that it was a dangerous situation.
“Driving impaired is reckless, and when you have another person in the car, it only exacerbates the situation,” he said.
Image via KRQE