GALLUP, N.M. — The publisher of the Navajo Times is facing charges of aggravated drunken driving and speeding following a traffic stop over the weekend in a community near the Arizona-New Mexico border.
The newspaper reported Tuesday that Tom Arviso Jr. was stopped early Sunday by a New Mexico State Police officer in Gallup after he was clocked going more than twice the posted speed limit.
The officer said Arviso’s speech was slurred, he appeared disoriented and had bloodshot eyes.
Authorities say Arviso failed field sobriety tests and a breath-alcohol test returned results nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Arviso declined to comment. He has served as publisher of the Navajo Times for more than two decades and is a member of the Associated Press Media Editors board of directors.