Police probe release of truck in DWI case

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 10:26 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

A Santa Fe police captain is the focus of an internal affairs investigation into allegations that he improperly allowed a seized truck to be released to a three-time DWI suspect who was longtime acquaintance.

Documents obtained by The New Mexican say the 2000 Ford F-250 had been seized under the city’s DWI Forfeiture Program from suspect Carlos Carrillo. Capt. Aric Wheeler reportedly allowed Carrillo to remove the truck from the city’s impound lot on the condition that Carrillo install an ignition interlock device.

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  • henry griswold posted at 8:25 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    what are 'friends' for?.......

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 7:02 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    Love it! the nanny city cops get caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Now so not to play favorites, give everyone their vehicles back since you people seem to have the power to make or break laws at your convenience. What, did you guys hire Solano?

  • Peter Komis posted at 1:09 pm on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    PeterKomis Posts: 13

    I've read all the comments below and can only say that besides being a very sad day in our City's Police Department, the eagerness to jump to conclusions and judge someone before all the facts are looked at surprises me. Now if someone like this captain is placed under oath and lies or contradicts what was said in a pretrial conference or a deposition, that would and SHOULD be another story. As for the prejudging, we all know that Wheeler will be fired or asked to step down by Mark Allan, the man who really runs the department.

    Gee, and to think we all thought a kinder and gentler looking uniform and new black/white police units would make a difference![whistling]

  • marthascott posted at 11:50 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    marthascott Posts: 3

    Francisco, this is an article of Mr. Wheeler's wrong doing.. not the police chief, city manager, assistant attorney, the media or anyone else- Plain simple Aric Wheeler abused his authority and should be penalized for it. Wake up you

  • marthascott posted at 11:47 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    marthascott Posts: 3

    Francisco sounds like you have been a beneficiary of such favors by Mr. Wheeler yourself!

  • marthascott posted at 11:45 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    marthascott Posts: 3

    Now Aric Weeler??? "I have done nothing wrong" states Mr. Wheeler! Yes you have- maybe you should admit it and give us all a reason why you break the rules. What a twisted cop and captain Mr. Wheeler is. Is he not to set the standard?? Will Mr. Wheeler do this favor for anyone who will be arrest for DWI this weekend?? After the investigation will the outcome even matter? Just google Santa Fe Detective Matt Martinez drug bust Santa Fe. Detective Martinez was busted for marijuana at his home along with pipes, money and pictures of him with the marijuana at the residence, and he is still a detective??? I think the Santa Fe Police Department have different laws than what all us law abiding citizens do- they do as they please and nothing happens to them!

  • Silverman posted at 11:23 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    Silverman Posts: 2

    Just goes to show you there are 2 types of justice in Santa Fe. One for those with friends in the police department , and one for those without!

  • Red Orgreen posted at 10:25 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    Red Orgreen Posts: 14

    What a sad example of lack of good judgment and common sense! Incompetence in Santa Fe PD starts at the top!

  • Amethyst posted at 9:31 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    Amethyst Posts: 13

    So, despite the awful drunken driving problem in Santa Fe AND the Judges that let drunk drivers off with slaps on the hand, now they are handing vehicles back to drunk drivers with multiple DWIs so they can go out and drive drunk again. Wonderful. The drunk driving problem in Santa Fe is never going to get better until people start realizing that it IS a problem and start treating it like the crime it is, before people get killed.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 8:14 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 221

    The City Assistant Attorney Alfred Walker needs to stay out of the media and quit playing politic's with the DWI Seizure Program by attempting to blame police officer's for thier incompetenies. In other words, sometimes the City Attorney's Office interferes in the approrpriate enforcement of this specific law and misinterprets the langauge of law to benifet the City Attorney's Office "micro-management" agenda that adversely impacts the police department operations. The Chief of Police needs to stop catering to the City Mayor, City Manager, and the City Attorney everytime a city ordinance or law is challanged by the media. Frankly, I am not an advocate of this type of "character and defamation" practices of poor journalism. As a good citizen, my experience with the police department staff has been positive, especially with the high professional standards of the city police department command and staff. Captain Wheeler exhibits a positive role model for this department. Chief Rael needs to stop catering to the whilm wishes of the city hall "micro-management" agenda. No wonder we lose good police officer's due to the nasty politics that apparently exists within this department in every political and election cylce. BTW, who is this CarolynDM anyways? Sacrasm in her responses to this story is very annoying and boring.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 10:55 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 428

    Could this five page article possibly be any more repetitive and jumbled?
    Wheeler doesn't think he did anything wrong? He should sign up to be a judge. He'd be perfect in these parts.


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