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An Artesia man was arrested Thursday evening on multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk, then assaulting a household member.

Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched just before 8 p.m. Thursday to the 1300 block of South First Street in reference to an unwanted subject.

En route, the officers were informed the reporting party had seen the male subject in question driving a gray Toyota.

Upon arrival at the residence, officers noted the Toyota parked at an angle, wedged between two vehicles with the passenger door dented against the bumper of a white Ford 150. Officers then saw the male subject, identified as Edwin Mares, 60, of Artesia, attempting to open the home’s door.

As officers called Mares over, they noted he was holding a set of keys and had bloodshot, watery eyes and an odor of alcohol on his person. He told police he had come to the residence to pick up a few things and that he had not been driving.

Officers spoke with another resident, who, according to the report, stated she had seen Mares hotwire the Toyota and drive off sometime earlier, then return and attempt to enter the home. She also told police Mares had succeeded in forcing the front door open, striking the left side of her face, and had also slapped her across the mouth.

The resident and another witness both told police they had seen Mares driving the Toyota.
Mares refused both field sobriety and breath tests, and continued to deny driving the vehicle.

Based on evidence and witness statements, however, police determined probable cause existed to arrest him on charges of DWI (third offense), driving on a suspended or revoked license, immediate notice of an accident, expired registration, lack of insurance, and battery against a household member.