Man faces DUI charges after failing to stop for police


A man is accused of refusing to stop Sunday night when officers attempted to stop him, later admitting to drinking alcohol, police said. 

Nestor M. Castro-Martinez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on the slightest degree, aggravated DUI for driving the wrong way, failure to stop for law enforcement and failure to obey a police officer, according to Maricopa police. 

At about 11:20 p.m., Maricopa police reported that a silver sedan was stopped at the traffic signal at West Bowlin Road and North John Wayne Parkway in a wrong-way lane. 

The reporting officer turned on the police vehicle’s overhead lights, and the sedan failed to yield for about three quarters of a mile. 

Once the silver sedan came to a stop, officers contacted Castro-Martinez. Officers reported smelling a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath and he had disarranged clothing and blood-shot, watery red eyes. 

According to the probable-cause statement, Castro-Martinez performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day after he got off work. He was arrested and a blood search warrant was granted. 

A records check showed that Castro-Martinez had been previously deported from the U.S.