Santa Fe man faces multiple charges

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By Tris DeRoma

A Santa Fe resident was recently arraigned in district court, charged with one count of false evidence of title or registration, one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of marijuana or cannabinoids, one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, one count of concealing identity and other charges.
Hector Santana, 33, was arrested June 15 at the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street when police took notice of his New Mexico license plate, which had nothing but zeros.
However, when police activated their lights and later their siren in an effort to have him pull over his car, Santana allegedly kept going and didn’t stop until he reached the Los Alamos Co-Op parking lot further down the road.
“The driver continued to drive and did not stop until he had reached the rear of the Los Alamos Beer Co-Op, said a police officer in a police report documenting the incident. “This is approximately one-eighth of a mile from where I initiated my emergency lights and approximately 50 yards, or 150 feet from where I initiated my siren.”
Police added that when Santana did stop his car in the lot, he got out of his vehicle and allegedly acted like he was going to walk into the store and ignore the police who were presently initiating a traffic stop involving him. When police instructed him of why he was stopped, Santana allegedly replied that he was “traveling, not driving” and that he did not know why a registration check of his car listed three different vehicles for one plate.
Santana also allegedly at first refused to give his last name to police officers when they asked for it. He also allegedly refused to give his birth date.
Police recovered 18.1 grams of marijuana from Santana’s vehicle, as well, according to court documents.
If convicted, Santana could face a maximum 6 years in prison and nearly $6,000 in fines.
When asked by Los Alamos District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep if he understood the charges against him, he said he did not.
“I do not understand the charges because there has been no discussion or discovery,” Santana said.
When Attrep asked if he at least heard the charges against him and their potential penalties as they were read to him in court, Santana replied “yes” to both questions. However, Santana refused to enter a plea because he still stated he didn’t understand the charges against him.
Attrep entered a “not guilty” plea for him as well as a discovery order.
Santana’s next court appearance is for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 25, Attrep will determine if Santana can represent himself.
Santana’s cannabinoids possession charge is for less than one ounce and would be his first offense if convicted.
He was also charged with one count of not having a driver’s license and two counts of improper display of a license plate.