Suspected NM Drunken Driver Hogtied By Witness

Published January 18, 2012 4:54PM (EST)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a witness hogtied a suspected drunken driver accused of barely avoiding several head-on collisions and then trying to run away once he was confronted by people who saw what happened.

The Farmington Daily Times reports ( ) that 22-year-old Justin Canuto was tied up after he pulled over Sunday in a Farmington parking.

San Juan County sheriff's officials say he was seen minutes earlier driving southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 550 and nearly missed several oncoming motorists.

A sergeant says Canuto became belligerent and tried to run away, prompting another man to tackle and hogtie him before sheriff's deputies arrived.

Canuto was charged with drunken driving.

While deputies don't recommend tying up suspected drunken drivers, no charges were filed against the man who tied Canuto.

By Salon Staff

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