Miss Las Cruces is arrested on suspicion of DWI

Posted at: 12/17/2012 8:40 PM
Updated at: 12/17/2012 8:44 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A woman recently named Miss Las Cruces has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated DWI.

Las Cruces police say 22-year-old Sarah J. Richardson was taken into custody after her car struck a light pole Sunday night.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Richardson was booked early Monday into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Authorities say she's facing charges of aggravated DWI - blood alcohol content of .16 or greater - and failure to exercise due care.

Richardson, from Alamogordo, posted bond and was released after being jailed for about an hour.

It wasn't immediately clear Monday night if she had an attorney.

A spokeswoman for the Miss Las Cruces pageant, which is a preliminary for the Miss America competition, declined comment on any potential sanctions Richardson could face.

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