Updated: 08/19/2014 9:23 PM |
Created: 08/19/2014 1:08 PM
By: The Associated Press
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for conspiring to violate a motorist's civil rights and falsifying arrest documents is back on the job.
Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos said Monday the county's sheriff, Tommy Rodella, is refusing to step down despite the federal indictment and his arrest by FBI agents.
And Rodella's lawyer, Robert Gorence, says the sheriff doesn't plan to resign because it would give the impression he did something wrong.
Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested in their Espanola homes early Friday for their role in a March traffic stop that injured a motorist.
The indictment says the men engaged "in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure" of a driver identified only as M.T.
Both have pleaded not guilty.
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