Inmate scuffles with Taos County jailer


Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon (July 17) Taos Central Dispatch called law enforcement to respond to an altercation between an inmate and a detention officer at the Taos County Adult Detention Center.

Joey Mares had allegedly begun pushing a jailer when he was cited for "aggressive behavior and failure to follow rules and regulations," said Nelson Abeyta, jail director. Mares was restrained and placed in pre-hearing detention. "This behavior is not tolerated," Abeyta said.

Mares' criminal record goes back to June 27, 2014, according to court records, when he was first charged with child abuse, aggravated DWI, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of improper equipment on his vehicle. He picked up his most recent charges on Jan. 14 - a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty in March.

Abeyta said the jailer suffered a "slight cut" to his finger during the scuffle and was sent to Holy Cross Hospital as a "precautionary measure." Mares was seen by jail medical staff, which determined the inmate was unharmed during the incident.

Mares will be held in pre-hearing detention pending the completion of an investigation into the incident - one that was "isolated with no involvement by other inmates," according to Abeyta.

As of press time, a criminal complaint stemming from the incident had not yet been filed in Taos County Magistrate Court, though it is expected that Mares will face additional charges due to the altercation.

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