Suspected NM Drunken Driver Hogtied By Witness

By Salon Staff
January 18, 2012 9:54PM (UTC)
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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.

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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.

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


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