SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – Newly released dash cam footage shows the night a New Mexico Sheriff’s Deputy was popped for a DWI by State Police.
Deputy Kenneth Brown was allegedly drunk and was sleeping inside his truck at a restaurant.
It was just before midnight on Super Bowl Sunday when State Police officers arrived at the El Camino restaurant in Socorro to grab a bite to eat. Instead, a cook there told them a truck had been idling in the parking lot with its lights on for an hour. When officers rolled up, they were in for a surprise.
“Kenny, you’re wasted,” said the officer.
“Kenny” is Valencia County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Brown, 25.
“What’s up man?” Brown said.
“You’re drunk man. I gotta do my job, dude. I’m sorry, I have to,” the officer said.
Brown reminds the officers that he used to work as Socorro County Deputy.
“We f—ing worked together, dude.”
The State Police officer doesn’t give in.
“You’re intoxicated, you’re passed out. Your truck’s running, you’re behind the wheel of the car,” the officer said.
Brown seems confused, as the officer starts field sobriety tests.
“What I’m gonna do is, I’m gonna put my hand out in front of you, okay. Just like that, I need you to follow with your eyes,” the officer said.
That’s when Brown tries to talk his way out of it.
“I’ve been here all day, bro,” Brown said.
“Sorry, look straight ahead,” the officer said.
In the video you can see Brown struggling to stay on his feet. While the officer is clearly sympathetic, he tries to remind Brown, he’s only doing his job.
“I know you have a job to do, I have the same f—ing, I have the same employment,” Brown said.
“I know you do, I know you do, I know you do,” said the officer.
“And I wouldn’t f—ing risk that f—ing job.,” Brown said.
At first, Brown denies he’s drunk.
“I’m not intoxicated,” said Brown.
“You are intoxicated, I’m sorry,” said the officer.
But Brown later admits he had been drinking.
“I drove here, I drank and I went to sleep, cause I didn’t want to drive home,” said Brown.
Officers found two empty bottles of alcohol in Brown’s truck. He blew a 0.14, almost twice the legal limit for driving.
The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office suspended Brown with pay. He’s due in court April 8th.