Probate Judge Jaime Baca arrested on DV charges
Valencia County Probate Judge Jaime Baca has been arrested on domestic violence charges after a weekend altercation with his girlfriend.
The 31-year-old judge was held on a $20,000 cash-only bond at the Valencia County Detention Center, but was released to his father, Jimmy Baca, Monday evening, according to jail officials.
He is charged with battery on a household member, criminal damage to property and interference with communications, all misdemeanor violations
New Mexico State Police Sgt. Damyan Brown said Baca and his 34-year-old girlfriend, whose name hasn’t been released, had left a party Saturday night when an argument ensued while they were driving on Calle de Jose in Rio Communities.
“They parked on the side of the road and she had gotten out of the vehicle,” Brown said. “She stated that Mr. Baca threw her down, causing a slight bruise to her forehead and a minor cut to her left knee.”
Brown said after throwing his girlfriend to the ground, Baca took the cell phone she was using to call police and threw it in the street. Brown said the phone was run over and damaged by a passing vehicle.
The woman was able to run to a residence on Calle de Jose and called police. When police arrived, the officer did find evidence that a battery was committed, but attempts to locate Baca were unsuccessful that night.
An arrest warrant was issued for Baca, who was elected probate judge in 2010. He was arrested at 10 p.m. Sunday at his house without incident, and was booked into the county jail.
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