The man accused of driving drunk over the Memorial Day weekend and causing a fatal crash with a motorcyclist near Chimayó had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14, according to a spokesman for the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say Juan de Dios Cordova, 56, denied drinking the night of May 28 but still refused to submit to a blood test when police questioned him about an hour after the crash on N.M. 76 — commonly known as the High Road to Taos — that killed motorcyclist Mark Wolfe, 51, of Algodones and severely injured his wife, Debbie Hill, 50.
The crash occurred about 6 p.m. and Cordova was found in his home, also off N.M. 76, about an hour later and his blood was not drawn until a search warrant could be obtained from a judge in the area.
The result, according to sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold on Friday, was a blood sample not being drawn until around 10:30 p.m., more than four hours after the crash. The sample still showed Cordova’s blood-alcohol content to be well over the state’s presumed level of intoxication of 0.08 according to a report returned to the sheriff’s office from the state crime lab and made public Friday.
Cordova, the brother of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Nelson Cordova, remains jailed in Rio Arriba County in lieu of a $100,000 bond and charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one count of causing great bodily harm by vehicle.
In Friday’s New Mexican, we published an article detailing what was found in Cordova’s pickup after the crash. A serach warrant executed turned up 27 empty beer cans, a couple empty alcohol bottles and a syringe.
Here are some links to articles on the case:
- Syringe, alcohol bottles found in pickup involved in fatal collision
- Police: Suspect in fatal accident was spotted leaving bar