Former Grants police officer arrested for DWI on I-25 in Albuquerque


A New Mexico police officer is now out of a job after she was pulled over on I-25 by the state’s number one DWI cop.
The arresting officer was surprised when he saw police gear in the car and realized who he had nabbed.

Officer: “Jaramillo, who do you work for?”

Jaramillo: “Grants.”

Officer: “Grants who?”

Jaramillo: “Police.”

Officer: “You’re an actual police officer?”

Jaramillo: “Yes, sir.”

Officer: “Jasmine, do you have any idea why I’m stopping you?” 

Jaramillo: “No.”

State Police DWI king, Officer Toby Lafave, noticed the car weaving on I-25 near Alameda in Albuquerque around 1:30 a.m. a couple of weeks ago.

Officer: “You were swerving within your lane, and then when that Mustang passed you on your right-hand side, your left tire went clearly over into the next lane.”

That’s when he pulled over the white Kia. Behind the wheel was now former Grants Police Officer Jasmine Jaramillo. Lafave says he immediately noticed that Jaramillo smelled like alcohol.

Officer: “How much have you had to drink tonight?”

Jaramillo: “Nothing.” 

Officer: “Nothing at all?”

Jaramillo: “No.”

The 24-year-old claimed the odor was coming from her car.

Jaramillo: “It’s on my passenger seat.”

Officer: “Okay. Well, can you explain why it’s coming from your breath when you breathe? “

Jaramillo: “No.”

Officer: “You can’t explain that?”

Jaramillo: “No.” 

Officer: “You have no idea how it got there?”

Jaramillo: “Nope.”

Officers asked her about a receipt for drinks found in her pocket.

Officer: “Here’s a receipt.”

Jaramillo: “Yup. Hooked up with my friend and bought him a drink. Went back to their house.”

Officer: “Okay. That’s fine. There’s a lot of drinks on this receipt.”

Jaramillo: “Yeah. I bought him a drink. Why can’t I?”

Police asked her to do a few tests.

Jaramillo: “This is ridiculous. I’m not doing field sobriety.”

They checked her eyes and asked a few questions.

Officer: “Are your eyes normally watery?”

Officer: “Can you count backwards? That’s not field sobriety. Count backwards from the number 58 to 43.”

Jaramillo: “58…I’m bad at math actually.”

Officer: “It’s really not math, it’s counting backwards.”

Jaramillo refused to cooperate and refused to take a breathalyzer. She was arrested for aggravated DWI and for having an open bottle of Michelob in the car.

Jaramillo resigned from the department after the arrest. Grants Police Chief Steve Chavez would not say if she was facing termination, only that she was a good officer who made a bad choice.

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