ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque firefighter is on desk duty after being kicked out of an Isotopes baseball game for getting too unruly. It's not the first time he's been in trouble for public behavior while drinking.
The Albuquerque Fire Department says 10-year firefighter Michael Quiñones has been placed on "administrative assignment" until further notice following the incident at Isotopes Park on Monday evening.
According to statement released by Fire Chief James Breen, Quiñones was "allegedly involved in an altercation at Isotopes Park last night and may be facing criminal charges as the result of his off-duty conduct."
Albuquerque police were called shortly when the incident happened and are still investigating. Until the investigation is complete, it's unclear as to all of the charges Quiñones may be facing.
An APD call history for the incident gives some insight into the events that transpired.
According to the call history log, just after 7 p.m. officers responded to a call at Isotopes Park of a "male trespasser" refusing to leave. The call was about Quiñones and a friend who were apparently drunk and causing problems at the game.
When officers arrived at the ballpark, they found Quiñones and his friend, Paul Ray Velasquez, in a car in a nearby parking lot. Velasquez was behind the wheel.
APD officers stopped the car, and shortly afterward Velasquez was arrested for DWI.
In the criminal complaint tied to Velasquez's arrest, officers wrote, "personnel told them (officers) that two subjects has been causing a large disturbance and were highly intoxicated."
According to the call log, during Velasquez's arrest, Quiñones told officers that he was an AFD firefighter. The call log states that an AFD battalion commander then picked Quiñones up.
Quiñones was not arrested at the Isotopes Park although he was "trespassed" from the ballpark and told not to come back.
APD says it plans to summons Quiñones on criminal trespassing charges. Other charges may come, but that is unclear.
The incident is not Quiñones first run in with the law either. In 2009, Quiñones was arrested in downtown Albuquerque near the Library Bar and Grill.
According to the criminal complaint tied to the 2009 incident, APD officers saw Quiñones forcibly grab and kiss a woman he didn't know. The woman who was kissed told officers that she "didn't know" Quiñones and that the act was "unwanted."
Shortly after the kissing incident, officers responded to a fight in front of the "Raw Bar" where one man claimed Quiñones punched him.
Officers then questioned Quiñones. According to officers, he "stated on three occasions, "Oooh, I can't wait to see you on the street," and repeatedly "balled his fist in anger." Quiñones was arrested and charged with assault a police officer and disorderly conduct.
The charges were later dismissed; however, AFD later suspended Quiñones for 48 working hours. Firefighters typically work 56 hours a week.
AFD says it won't comment any further until police finish their investigation. The Isotopes front office has also declined to comment on the incident.
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