ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police say an Albuquerque woman who hit and killed a bicyclist three years ago is still making bad decisions behind the wheel.
Miranda Pacheco, 28, was in court Monday accused of driving recklessly and driving drunk.
The family of the man Pacheco killed when her car crash onto a bike trail in 2010 says this time Pacheco needs to be behind bars for good.
In this most recent case, no one was hurt as police say Pacheco ran red lights and swerved out of her lane early Sunday morning. But Sherry Anderson, the wife of the man Pacheco killed three years ago, says this is proof the justice system is broken.
"It is called tough love," Anderson says. "The court system needs to use tough love."
Anderson is not happy to see Pacheco in court for driving dangerously again.
Police arrested Pacheco early Sunday morning alleging she was driving drunk.
A criminal complaint shows an officer saw Pacheco swerving and running red lights at three different intersections.
Finally, the officer on scene turned his lights on as he followed Pacheco. That is when Pacheco drove down the middle of Broadway Boulevard near Avenida Cesar Chavez into oncoming traffic, according to a criminal complaint.
"I feel like I have to get back involved in this process to let the criminal justice system know that she should not be released," Anderson says.
In 2010, Anderson watched as Pacheco swerved off Paseo del Norte NW and crashed into her husband, Dave Anderson, killing him as he rode a nearby bike trail.
A judge sentenced Pacheco to 90 days in jail for careless driving, the maximum sentence.
Now, just a month after pleading guilty in a 2009 auto burglary and facing only 18 months of probation, she is back behind bars.
"When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are a particularly dangerous person, and I find you a threat to the community at this time," says Metropolitan Court Judge John Duran.
Duran says Pacheco will have to have an ignition interlock system installed in her car, and she will be going through an addiction treatment program while in custody.
The judge set Pacheco's bond at $15,000.
Anderson calls that an outrage and says both judges and prosecutors need to get tougher.
"Does that mean you put more people in jail or prison?" she says. "Well, probably that is the case, but that is a better alternative than to let them back out in society where they kill somebody again."
Even though a judge set Pacheco's bond in this on Monday, the new charges mean she is in violation of her probation in the auto burglary case.
She has to see another judge for that before finding out if she is even going to be allowed to post bond. A date for that hearing has not yet been set.
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