Ex-cop enters DWI plea, sentenced

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Daniel Barde, an ex-state police officer accused of DWI and child abuse in July 2011, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and community service after entering into a plea and disposition agreement on Jan. 28 in Valencia County District Court.

Barde, 34, pleaded guilty to DWI in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to drop the child abuse charge against him. He must serve 24 hours of community service and have an interlock device installed on his vehicle. He must also complete an alcohol abuse treatment program as part of the agreement.

District Court Judge Violet Otero sentenced Barde to 86 days with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. That sentence was suspended.

The plea deal came six months after a mistrial was declared when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three charges against him.

During the trial, the jury disagreed on the DWI and the child abuse charge and found Barde not guilty of the open container charge.

Barde would have faced up to three years in prison on the child abuse count had he been convicted. Prosecutors planned on retrying the case if a plea deal hadn't been reached.

"It's a fair plea," said Joshua Jimenez, an assistant district attorney assigned to the case.

Officers from New Mexico State Police watched Barde perform sobriety tests and believed he was intoxicated. Barde refused a Breathalyzer and a blood test, which results in an automatic charge of aggravated DWI.

Police said Barde, who was off-duty at the time, had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol when officers pulled him over on July 5, 2011, on Interstate 25, near Mile Marker 190 in Belen.

Police said Barde, who had been stationed in Chama, performed poorly on field sobriety tests and shortly after, was booked into the Valencia County Adult Detention Center.


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