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Man charged with DWI after ending up in canyon

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A Los Alamos man was charged with DWI and abuse of aerosol Sunday after he rolled a Ford Ranger to the bottom of a canyon off of Diamond Drive near 39th Street.

Los Alamos Fire Department arrived on the scene and treated Matthew Weinman for injuries and later transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center.

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Sgt. James Rodriguez and Sgt. Sheldon Simpson were the first on the scene and according to the police report, “Cpl. Simpson advised me that the driver stated to him that he was doing a ‘Duster’ while driving his vehicle. Speaking with some of the witnesses they said that Weinman was driving north on Diamond, on the sidewalk prior to going through the fence and down the canyon.”

The report stated when the vehicle was recovered from the canyon by Ace’s Towing, an almost empty can of “Duster-Dust and Lint Remover” was in the bed of the truck. And another can of the same substance was located down in the canyon where the truck was stopped.

When Weinman was released from LAMC, he was arrested by Rodriguez. According to the report, the truck had 361 feet of tire marks on the sidewalk going north on Diamond Drive.

The vehicle went off the sidewalk and down into the canyon approximately 58 feet to the east of Diamond Drive.