Woman nabbed After high Speed chase
By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times
WINDOW ROCK, August 29, 2013
The woman, Tracy Baldwin, 43, after almost hitting three pedestrians and a deputy for the McKinley County Sheriff's Office, finally rolled her vehicle on Twin Buttes Road. Police said the pursuit at times reached 100 miles an hour.
It began almost in the center of Gallup, on Viro Circle, after police responded to a disturbance call. When they got there, Baldwin ran from her home, trying to flee police, and drove off.
After she was taken from the vehicle, Baldwin became very uncooperative, according to police, refusing at first to give her name, although she admitted that she had been drinking.
After being arrested and charged, she was taken to the Gallup Indian Medical Center for a blood test, although police were told that she was a staff member there. But problems arose again, said police, when the nurse who wa
s assigned to draw her blood said she was unable to draw the blood at first.
The nurse, who was not identified, said she knew Baldwin and finally was able to draw the blood, after which Baldwin was taken to the county jail.
Man pleads Guilty to Abusing child
Cornallsen Cortez, 31, who resides in Navajo, N.M., pleaded guilty Monday to abusive sexual contact with a child. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Cortez will be sentenced to nine years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Cortez also will be required to register as a sex offender.
Cortez was arrested in March 2013, based on a criminal complaint alleging that he sexually abused a 12-year-old child in November 2012, in a residence located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. During Monday's proceedings, Cortez pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a minor, and admitted that on Nov. 28, 2012, he sexually abused a 12-year-old child by touching the child inappropriately.
Cortez has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.