Man accused of shooting, driving recklessly at Taos Rainbow Family Gathering

Raymond Borak, 34, of Albuquerque was arrested for driving recklessly and shooting a firearm off Forest Road 518 near the Rainbow Family Gathering.

Taos County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Albuquerque man on Friday (June 18) after witnesses said he was shooting a firearm randomly and driving recklessly around Forest Road 439 at the site of the annual Rainbow Family Gathering in Taos County.

Around 9:30 p.m. deputies arrived at the Pot Creek area after receiving a call of a red Jeep “driving recklessly around a campground,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Upon arrival, the red Jeep was found overturned off the roadway of Forest Road 439 – the location of the Rainbow Gathering’s Spring Counsel. With the help of on-site witnesses, deputies were able to quickly identify the man as Raymond Borak, 34, of Albuquerque.

According to the statement of probable cause, a witness said Borak had shown up at the camp several hours earlier. The witness told deputies the appearance of Borak’s eyes seemed to indicate he was intoxicated. The witness also stated that Borak had hit two people while driving the Jeep, but a statement of probable cause did not indicate whether anyone at the scene had been injured by the vehicle.

Borak claimed people at the camp had broken his window out and were wielding weapons, and said he raced down the road to get away from them. He told deputies he had left his guitar at the camp. When he turned around to get it, he said people armed with weapons were “pointing something at him,” at which point he said he turned around, hit a tree and rolled his Jeep.

Deputies also came to believe Borak had been involved in an earlier, unreported altercation at the campsite, and said he left, then returned, “driving erratically and shooting from his Jeep.”

No one was injured due to the gunshots, and Borak was arrested without incident. He was charged with aggravated DWI (his third offense) and driving with a revoked license while intoxicated, both misdemeanors; negligent use of a deadly weapon; reckless driving; and driving with an open container, all petty misdemeanors.

Borak was released on a $2,000 unsecured appearance bond on the conditions that he not consume alcohol or illegal drugs, have an interlock device installed in his car, and be equipped with a SCRAM alcohol monitoring unit. He is set to appear for a pre-trial hearing on July 21 at 1:30 p.m. in front of Taos Magistrate Court Judge Sara Blankenhorn.

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Jean Stevens

During an extreme drought the Rainbow gathering should never have been approved! In 2021, during a pandemic the event should be at a seashore or lakeside where folks can be spread out. Letting this event happen in a forest, with limited facilities, is a disgrace and very disrespectful to the fragility of our forest and the Taos citizenry whom suffer from this onslaught. I am quite dismayed and worried more problems will occur during the next week. Taos county, and the country, is also still recovering from a pandemic. NM Governor Lujan Grisham should step in and make sure Taos County citizens are protected from this ill advised gathering.

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