Father wants repeat drunk driver off the streets


SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – He drove drunk and got into a crash that killed four teens, but walked away a free man. Now two more DWI arrests later, Scott Owens is back on the streets.

KRQE News 13 spoke with the father of one of those teens who is fed up.

John Simmons says he cannot figure out how this keeps happening. The only thing he knows is that Scott Owens could kill someone again.

“I mostly don’t think about him when he’s not in the news and that’s a good thing,” Simmons said.

Police have arrested Owens three times for DWI related charges. The first time, for vehicular homicide after a crash that left four teenagers dead back in 2009.

“It’s been hell, I think about her everyday,” Simmons said.

One of those killed was Simmons’ 15-year-old daughter, Rose.

Owens, who admitted he was driving drunk that night, was acquitted after arguing the teens may have caused the head-on crash

“I just can’t believe he keeps going there, he obviously needs some help,” Simmons said.

Just two weeks ago, Owens was arrested for having pot in his system, a violation of his conditions of release as he awaits trial for a February DWI arrest.

He bonded out of jail Friday night.

While Simmons doesn’t blame the court system, he wishes Owens would have learned from that tragic experience back in 2009.

“I would have taken care of my business not just carried on drinking and partying like nothing happened,” Simmons said.

He also said New Mexico needs to crack down harder on drunk drivers.

“Its not just him, it’s not just Scott Owens, it’s a lot of people,” he said.

As he thinks about his daughter, he has some words to share.

“There are ways to get home that don’t involve getting into your car once you’ve had one too many,” he said.

He added that as he walks around Santa Fe, it’s always on his mind that he could run into Owens.

Owens does have a DWI conviction from back in 2012.

He was also accused of tampering with is alcohol monitor required as he awaits trial in his latest case.

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