Adrian Taylor leaving the First Judicial District Court Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
Adrian Taylor pleaded not guilty Friday, April 14, to violation of conditions of pretrial probation before First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers in Santa Fe and was returned to the Los Alamos Detention Center.
Taylor’s alleged violation stems from a March 25 arrest in which he was charged with a fourth offense driving under the influence in Los Alamos. His conditional release was on a District Court case that combined three Los Alamos Magistrate drug cases into one.
The District Court charges were two counts of trafficking metamphetamines, two counts of possession of metamphetamines, one count of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
All but one trafficking charge were dismissed by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist under a plea agreement and Taylor was placed on five years of supervised probation.
Taylor’s March 25 DWI arrest was made by Cpl. James Keane whose statement of probable cause states that when he made contact with Taylor, he could smell an odor of alcohol coming from inside his vehicle.
Keane asked Taylor if he had anything to drink that day and Taylor said he hadn’t. He allegedly told Keane and Sgt. Timothy Lonz that nothing was in the vehicle and that they could search it if they wanted to. Keane allegedly located a cup with contents that smelled of alcohol and Taylor then confessed to consuming two beers and hard alcohol earlier in the day.
When Keane asked him to remove his sunglasses, the statement says Taylor “revealed blood-shot watery eyes” so he commenced a field sobriety test. At one point, Taylor refused to continue with the testing and was transported to the detention center for completion of the investigation. His blood alcohol concentration was .08 or more, according to the report.