- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

ALBUQUERQUER, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man is facing his eighth drunken driving conviction after police say he tried to avoid a DWI checkpoint last week.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/RYv4wL) that Robert Willeto was arrested last week near a checkpoint in Albuquerque. Police say officers caught up to him after he tried to drive around the checkpoint and he failed several sobriety tests.

Authorities later learned that Willeto has seven prior DWI convictions, including three felonies.

He remains behind bars on a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

It was not known if he had an attorney.

The arrest comes after New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill aimed at toughening penalties for drunken driving offenses. She has pressed for other harsher laws but Senate Democrats have blocked those measures.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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