Man gets minimum sentence for 7th DWI after ramming police car

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After he rammed into a police officer’s car, Alex Vigil pleaded guilty to his seventh DWI.

However, prosecutors had to make a deal with him to get that guilty plea.

Instead of pulling over in March, he threw his truck in reverse and slammed into a State Police officer’s patrol car.

The crash cracked the State Police car’s bumper and left the truck’s brake light swinging before Vigil finally came to stop.

Police arrested Vigil in the case off I-25 in Santa Fe in March.

“You hit my unit with your truck,” an officer told Vigil.

“I don’t give a f***,” he responded.

“How much have you had to drink today?” the officer asked.

“Oh, a lot,” Vigil said.

Last month, Vigil pleaded guilty to his seventh conviction for driving drunk.

Going back nearly 20 years, Vigil admitted to driving drunk in Taos County, Los Alamos County, Sandoval County, Santa Fe County and even out of state in Arizona. 

When Taos County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him in 2015, a report stated that Vigil claimed he drank about 80 beers throughout the day.

Court documents show that he was supposed to have an ignition interlock, but he did not. 

In addition, court documents show that he was supposed to be showing up regularly to probation, but he was not.

Even though he has broken the rules over and over again, going back to 1990, his latest case will not get him the maximum sentence behind bars.

To get Vigil’s guilty plea for his seventh DWI, prosecutors agreed to ask a judge for the minimum prison sentence, according to the plea agreement filed in court.

Instead of three years, Vigil is in prison on a two-year sentence.

If Vigil gets in trouble again after serving his sentence this time, even the minimum penalty would be a significant amount of time behind bars.

That’s because it would amount to an eighth offense, which carries a 10 to 12-year prison sentence.

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