NMSU professor charged with DWI
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.