New Mexico man accused of driving impaired for the 14th time

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Kirtland man is accused of driving impaired for the 14th time after being pulled over recently with a 30-pack of beer in his vehicle, authorities said.

Farmington police said 46-year-old Anthony Chee is facing a felony count of aggravated DWI.

He’s also facing a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked and misdemeanor counts of failure to maintain traffic lane, improper turning at intersection and no seat belts.

Police say Chee was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 1 after reportedly driving in the wrong lane and struggling to stay inside the lines.

The arresting officer reported seeing several crushed beer cans in the bed of Chee’s pickup truck and a 30 pack in the rear seat and smelling the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.

A sobriety test was conducted and Chee was arrested.

Chee has a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court. It was unclear Sunday if he had a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

Court documents show Chee’s first DWI conviction was in March 1992, the Farmington Daily Times reported.

Chee was sentenced in July 2014 for his 13th DWI conviction to nearly four years in prison with two years of parole.