NMSU pro­fes­sor charged with DWI

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

LAS CRUCES — A for­mer dean and cur­rent pro­fes­sor at New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­sity was ar­rested Tues­day night on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated, ac­cord­ing to jail and court records.

Christa Sla­ton, 68, was booked into the Doña Ana County De­ten­tion Cen­ter at 11:20 p.m. Tues­day af­ter be­ing charged with DWI and speed­ing, jail records show.

Sla­ton was hired in 2010 as the dean of NMSU’s Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences, a po­si­tion she held un­til Fe­bru­ary 2016. She is listed as a gov­ern­ment pro­fes­sor in cur­rent NMSU records.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint, Sla­ton was driv­ing 50 mph in a 35 mph zone when she was pulled over by a sher­iff’s deputy.

Dur­ing field so­bri­ety tests, Sla­ton showed “signs of im­pair­ment,” ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. She was then ar­rested and sub­mit­ted to a breath test, which came back as “0.08 and 0.07 grams of al­co­hol per 210 liters if breath,” the com­plaint al­leges. The le­gal limit is 0.08 or above.

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