Trapped man freed from car in DUI arrest

February 20, 2019

A Tijeras man was arrested Saturday night in Santa Fe and charged with driving under the influence, according to a criminal complaint filed in Municipal Court.

Leon Toledo, 29, was charged on two other counts after police found him at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Camino Entrada, where he had struck a traffic signal around 10:40 p.m. and was trapped in his car, according to police reports.

Damage to Toledo’s 2005 Nissan Altima was so extensive that the Santa Fe Fire Department had to use special equipment to extricate him, the criminal complaint stated.

Police said Toledo smelled heavily of alcohol and made rude gestures to officers when asked if he was OK, the complaint said.

After he was removed from the car, Toledo was put in a neck brace and transported to Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center, police reported. Officers said they found a half-empty bottle of whiskey on the passenger floorboard, as well as an empty miniature whiskey bottle.

While at the hospital, police reported Toledo used aggressive threats and expletives with doctors and repeatedly pretended to be asleep, according to the complaint.

Toledo was booked early Sunday into the Santa Fe County jail, where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.