Las Cruces detective facing DWI charges fired

New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces police detective arrested in October on drunken driving charges has been fired.

Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said Stephanie Carabajal was terminated from the department on Thursday.

Her firing comes a day after the charges against the 26-year-old Carabajal were temporarily dismissed to avoid violating her rights to a speedy trial. Prosecutors say the charges will be re-filed when the necessary evidence has been compiled and the state is prepared to proceed to trial.

Carabajal was arrested on Oct. 27 and charged with one count of aggravated driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug and one count of blocking traffic after she allegedly fell asleep in her vehicle twice.

A witness told other officers that Carabajal’s vehicle was blocking traffic.

Carabajal allegedly refused a breathalyzer test. It was not known if Carabajal had an attorney.

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