Video: Former Santa Fe attorney asks officer for ‘break’ during DWI arrest


ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlos Fierro served prison time for driving drunk and killing a man. Newly released police video shows the former Santa Fe attorney being arrested in northern New Mexico, once again accused of driving drunk.

When Fierro was released from a state prison back in 2012, he said he’d made a lot of changes. During his recent arrest with New Mexico State Police, he asked the officer for a break.

Dash cam video from a New Mexico State Police officer on patrol in Española a week ago shows a car swerving in the road.

The officer conducted a traffic stop.

“Have you been drinking?” The officer asked. “No,” the driver responded.

It turns out, the driver was former Santa Fe attorney Carlos Fierro.

He spoke to KRQE News 13 the day of his release from prison in 2012. “There’s a lot of learned and growth in the last four years, there’s a lot I want to do with my life now, there’s a lot of changes I’ve made so I’m just looking forward to getting started and start living again,” Fierro said.

He was released less than four years after driving drunk and killing Santa Fe pedestrian, William Tenorio in 2008. “I’m sorry for this loss, it was an awful accident,” Fierro said in 2012.

Last week he found himself in trouble once again. He denied drinking to the state police officer over and over again.

“Let me ask you to please do me a favor here, I can’t do this,” Fierro told the officer. “What? You can’t do what?” The officer replied.

Fierro then asked the officer to call someone, and give him a break.

The officer insisted he smelled alcohol.

“I just had dinner, I had a margarita and that’s it,” Fierro eventually told the officer.

When he asked the officer once again to call a friend, the officer replied, “I don’t know his number, man.”

“I’m asking for a break,” said Fierro. “If I can just go here, I’ll stay at a hotel I’ll do whatever.”

“I gotta do what I gotta do, bro,” the officer replied.

At that point, the officer asked Fierro to perform field sobriety tests.

Dash cam video shows Fierro had trouble with some of the instructions.

At one point, the officer asked Fierro to state the alphabet from the letter ‘C’ to ‘T.’ Fierro continued to ‘Z,’ then said the entire alphabet again.

Fierro was then asked to count backwards from 63 to 37. Video shows he skipped a group of numbers, then continued counting backwards to one.

In the end, the officer arrested Fierro for DWI.

Along with swerving, the state police officer said he also pulled Fierro over for throwing a cigarette out of the window.

Online court records show Fierro was released from jail on Tuesday.

Since Fierro’s release from a state prison back in 2012, Fierro’s family said he had to move to California to get away from all of the publicity.

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