Deputy accused of DWI, roughing up fiance, leaving family stranded


A Valencia County deputy is in deep trouble. He is accused of driving drunk, roughing up his fiancé and kicking her and their two-year-old son out of the car and into the cold after a night of partying at a popular bar.

It was last Friday night when Charles Contreras was arrested after he went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday, then got behind the wheel of a car.

“You’re not supposed to break the law, everybody knows that,” said Jeff Noah with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department. “Everybody knows what the rules are. We hold our deputies accountable for whatever action they take.”

According to a criminal complaint, the Valencia County deputy asked his fiancé to pick him up from the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall after he says he knew he couldn’t drive.

Then the two got into a fight on the way home with their two-year-old son in the car.

Contreras allegedly ‘flipped out’ on the woman, which is when they pulled over in the area of Isleta and Rio Bravo.

The report claims Contreras got in the front seat of the car, choked and punched her, then took off, leaving his two-year-old son and fiancé stranded out in the cold. 

It was just minutes later that BCSO spotted him hopping a median on Rio Bravo before arresting him.

“He’s been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal affairs investigation,” Noah said.

Contreras, 25, has been with Valencia County Sheriff’s Department since August 2017. The department tells KRQE News 13 Contreras has sent in a resignation letter.
Contreras was charged with aggravated DWI because he refused to take a breath test. He was also charged with child abuse for leaving his son in the cold, underdressed.

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