City worker held in suspected DWI crash that closed I-25 exit

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:30 pm | Updated: 12:44 am, Wed Jun 4, 2014.

A Santa Fe city employee, suspected of driving drunk, crashed his Toyota Tacoma into a tractor trailer carrying three dozen 55-gallon drums of corrosive hydrochloric acid near the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Interstate 25 shortly before midnight Monday, according to city police. No drums were damaged in the crash.

Police have identified the suspected drunken driver as Albert Roybal, 38, who was booked into jail Tuesday morning. According to online jail records, Roybal was arrested on suspicion of DWI, reckless driving, having an open container and other charges.

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:32 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 568

    Not to excuse the drunk driver, but maybe the big-rig driver could have picked a better spot to park, or pulled a few feet further off the roadway. Ticket him too!

  • Aaliyah Roybal posted at 7:39 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Aliyah60 Posts: 0

    For your information My uncle is not a loser! I bet half of the city workers have failed to obey the law. So I would greatly appreciate it if you would not speak of My uncle like that! Thanks ! Cause all that matters is that he is alive and well!

  • Mark Valdez posted at 4:26 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Mark_Valdez Posts: 10

    What does it matter where he works? The city, the New Mexican? Mr. Roybal has a problem with alcohol. It's amazing he didn't die. Thankfully no one was in the passenger seat or anyone else was hurt. This is not North Korea, although I agree the laws do need to be stiffer, people have rights. True, his moral fortitude reflects the integrity of the City of Santa Fe but he was on his own time.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 11:19 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    He was celebrating his birthday and wasn't going to let his job get in the way.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:34 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    What to we expect? The new mayor's transition team just identified low morale amongst city workers as being a problem for the municipality. Clearly, Albert Roybal was just addressing his morale problem.


  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:04 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    But it was his Birthday...

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:39 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    It seems Mr. Roybal is ready, willing and able to join the ranks of those seeking employment in the new non-existent private sector jobs.

    There are many New Mexicans who have been unemployed for years, waiting for a city job who would have no trouble obeying the law, on or off the clock.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:37 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    He should have been fired a long time ago. Taxpayers should not have to pay this loser's salary. We shouldn't have to pay any lawbreaker's salary It will be interesting to see what "appropriate action", the city takes. Gawd knows he the punishment he gets from a judge won't be anything but a slap on the hand....as usual.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 2:58 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    Albert was booked;
    Oct. 2003 on an unspecified warrant (In his City of Santa Fe shirt ironically)
    Aug. 2010 on a DUI that he plead guilty to and completed all requirements, victim's impact panel, interlock, community service, DUI school
    and 1998 unspecified warrant, 2001 ordered into PC

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:10 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    For anyone who lives in Las Campanas, works at Game and Fish, plays golf at Marty Sanchez, walks their dog at the Shelter dog pens, or works at shelter, plays soccer or softball, or walks/jogs out at the MRC, KNOWS firsthand the alarming driving habits of City, County government employees, and private commercial waste truck drivers. I'm specifically talking about the city employees who drive dump trucks and those that work at the MRC, privately owned Waste Management truck drivers, and County employees.
    Yes I see this particular accident wasn't on 599, Caja Del Rio, or Wildlife way but Albert Roybal is the tip of the ice berg. I've brought it to the attention of Councilor Trujillo but have failed to follow up with him. Anyone who goes out that way better have their wits about them. They speed, don't signal, roll stop signs, don't use hands free devices will talking on the phone, and most dangerously, the text while driving.
    City Councilors, Mayor, County Commissioners, I feel it'd be in the public's interest that these employees be randomly drug and alcohol tested. I know Councilor Dimas couldn't 'splain why it's" almost impossible to enforce" texting or talking with driving but really, these employees aren't driving 1-ton Miatas or 2-ton Honda Civics. These vehicles could do some damage.
    Here's how you can tell when one of these trash truck drivers are texting while driving, on the two lane frontage road, they will drift into the oncoming traffic's lane and when you pass them.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 11:28 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Two questions:

    1. How many times has this man been arrested for DUI?
    2. Does anyone see a correlation between a Haz-Mat situation on I-25 and a Haz-Mat (oil spill) in Lamy?

    It's bad enough that LANL has been sending its "kitty-litter" containers down I-25, off at exit 290 past Eldorado and Lamy all these years without adding oil to the mix. The roads won't hold it and the people won't stand for it.

    And take that drunk driver off the road!


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