Children found in backseat during two different DWI busts | KOB 4

Children found in backseat during two different DWI busts

Colton Shone
July 16, 2018 05:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Children were caught in the middle of drunk driving busts in Albuquerque. 


In two separate incidents Sunday, a total of seven children were found in the backseat of vehicles when the driver was arrested for DWI.

Police arrested Brandon Leno on the side of I-40, near I-25. Police say he was fighting with a woman.

Court documents reveal Leno admitted to driving from Rio Rancho after drinking "one beer and two 99 pineapples" drinks. Police say the woman he was fighting with also had a "strong odor of alcohol".

The officer reports Leno's two kids, ages 1 and 5-years-old, were in the back, along with his 12-year-old stepchild. Police say the baby was not properly restrained.

In a separate incident, an officer was traveling on 6th St. near downtown when he noticed a black truck being driven erratically. According to the criminal complaint, the officer pulled the driver over. The officer says the driver, Michaela Poncho, appeared to be drunk. The officer also says he found open liquor bottles in the vehicle.

The court document says four children, ages 2, 4, 6, and 7-years-old, were in the backseat, along with a loaded gun.

The arresting officer says Poncho admitted to "having a few drinks and trying to have a good time." 

The relationship with those children was not clear.

In addition to DWI, both Leno and Poncho have been charged with child abuse.


Colton Shone

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