Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Judge OKs Blood Sample in DWI Case.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer


18-Year-Old Killed In Crash Last Year

A state district judge ruled Thursday that a blood sample taken from Erline Nakai hours after an Aug. 15 crash that killed 18-year-old Danielle Romero of Placitas can be used as evidence in the case.

Nakai, 27, of the Navajo reservation near Shiprock, was indicted in September on charges that included DWI homicide by vehicle, aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain a traffic lane.

Nakai's attorney, Joseph Riggs, filed a motion in Sandoval County District Court on May 29 asking that a blood alcohol sample taken from Nakai after the crash not be allowed. …

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