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Suspected drunk driver behind Friday traffic snarl

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By Tris DeRoma

Nina Roybal, 46, of Santa Fe, was arrested by Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Julie York Friday, shortly after Roybal rolled her Toyota 4Runner on Main Hill Road (N.M. 502).  
After being treated for minor injuries at the scene, Roybal was administered a series of field sobriety tests by York, which she failed, according authorities.
Witnesses told police they saw Roybal driving aggressively trying to pass people, even though there was a double line on the two-lane mountain road. Witnesses then said she tried to pass on the right through the shoulder. That’s when her car banked off the canyon wall and flipped over.
York decided to do the tests after smelling alcohol on Roybal’s breath. Roybal also showed signs of impairment, according to the deputy. Roybal was then booked and put into the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. She was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol and careless driving.
The crash happened around 2 p.m. Friday. The road was closed for at least an hour until the arrest and the clean up of the road was completed.


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