A young New Mexico mother, already on probation for DWI, has been arrested again for the same crime. This time, she crashed with her young son in the car and no car seat.
It happened last Thursday night on Second and Main Street.
“When my mom was trying to get her phone she broke her car,” her son can be heard telling the officer after his mom’s arrest.
“She broke her car when she was trying to get her phone?” the officer replied.
When asked for her driver’s license, 24-year-old Vanessa Dixon asked officers to follow her home to go get it.
“Do you want me to follow you right now? To your house?” asked another officer.
“Yes,” Dixon said.
“Are you going to go in this car?” he said.
They quickly realized she didn’t understand the severity of the accident.
“Have you been drinking tonight Vanessa?” asked an officer.
“No ma’am,” said Dixon.
However, Dixon did admit to taking two Xanax she doesn’t have a prescription for.
“So you haven’t been drinking tonight?” the officer asked again.
“No, I mean, I already have a DUI, I have an interlock in there,” she said.
After stumbling during a field sobriety test and refusing to finish, she was placed under arrest. She quickly became violent, yelling at officers and banging her head on the cage in the back of the police car.
At one point, she appeared to hit one of the officers and became hysterical, asking where her son was. Dixon was later taken to the hospital where her blood was drawn to see what was in her system.
Police suspect she had been drinking, in addition to taking the Xanax.
She’s charged with aggravated DWI, resisting arrest and child abuse, among other charges.
The arresting officers did not say if they found that interlock device Dixon claimed she had in her car.
According to court documents, she was ordered to have the interlock for one year after her previous DWI arrest.
That one year would have been over in September.
If there was an interlock and Dixon was drinking, questions remain about how she got her car started.