A deputy arrested Jaime Dominguez-Gonzales, 36, on his third DWI. The report says Dominguez-Gonzales had open containers in the car and was sharing with an 18-year-old woman. Read the full report after the cut.
Now: Can you see what's different in these two headlines about the recent horrific crash?
Teen Driver Had Pot in Blood (Journal North)
Fatal DWI: Sheriff says teen wasn't impaired (Santa Fe New Mexican)
The Journal headline implies that 16-year-old Avree Koffman (daughter of SFR employee Dan Koffman, and the only teen to survive) was stoned at the time of the crash. The New Mex headline contains the real news from the state toxicology report. (If the driver of the other car, Scott Owens, now charged with vehicular homicide, had traces of mind-altering substances in his blood, but "wasn't impaired," that would be much bigger news.)
This is why copy editors matter.
The impressions left by headlines are important, because most people don't read articles all the way through.
Finally, a story out of Virginia reminds that it's always possible to add insult to injury.
case 0209006706 / felony dwi - selling giving alcohol to a minor -driving on a revoked license - open container / 07-28-2009from santa fe county sheriff's crime report feed
deputy assigned: brian markley
commander: sgt. clifton l. coleman
location: agua fria & camino juliana, santa fe area
arrested: jaime dominguez-gonzales, 36 yoa male, santa fe area
charges: felony dwi, selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor, driving on a revoked license, open container, registration required, proof of insurance.on this date suspect was observed parked on camino juliana in the middle of roadway. suspect was stopped after turning arounding and then he turned onto agua fria. suspect was found to have open containers and was giving beer to an 18 yoa female passenger. suspect showed signs of impairment during testing and agreed to a breath test. suspect had a .17brac. suspect was arrested and was found to have three other dwi on his drivers history. suspect was transported the adult detention center and booked on above listed charges. two passengers were issused criminal citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana and released. one other for allowing her self to be served and released. the vehicle was seized.