A Taos man was arrested Sunday night by New Mexico State Police on suspicion of his eighth DWI offense.

Pete Pedroncelli, 60, was driving in Taos around 10 p.m. when he was pulled over on Tewa Street for a traffic violation, state police said in a news release. Lt. Mark Soriano, a state police spokesman, said Pedroncelli was traveling on N.M. 68 when he made a turn without signaling.

The arresting officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol and conducted an investigation to determine if Pedroncelli had been driving while intoxicated, according to the news release. He was booked in the Taos County jail but released Monday. He faces a pretrial hearing in October on charges of aggravated DWI and failing to use signals.

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