Woman Who Backed Into Unattended Vehicle Charged With Aggravated DWI


A hearing has been set for April 27 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Rebecca Eaton, 66, of Los Alamos on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, failure to stop upon striking an unattended vehicle and driving with an open container of alcohol.

Feb. 28, Los Alamos Police Cpl. Eric Wilhoit observed two vehicles stopped in the slow lane of west bound traffic on Trinity Drive. His incident report says he initiated his emergency equipment and blocked the lane behind them. The driver of the lead vehicle approached Wilhoit and told him he had seen the driver of the second vehicle back into another vehicle after leaving the “Brew Pub” and then drive away. The driver followed the second car and stopped his car in front of her when Wilhoit arrived.

Wilhoit’s report indicates that when he made contact with Eaton, the driver of the second car, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and asked her what happened. She allegedly responded that she backed into somebody but that she didn’t think it was a big deal. She allegedly admitted to having had three glasses of wine.

The incident report indicates that Eaton struggled with field sobriety tests initiated by Wilhoit at the scene and Wilhoit formed an opinion that she was under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs. Following her arrest, Eaton agreed to take a breathalyzer test, which gave a result of .16.