Alamogordo Man with Eight Prior DWI's Arrested Again


Alamogordo DWI Arrest February 18, 2024 (

Over the weekend a DWI offender was apprehended that could face 10 years in prison after his 9th arrest and history of 8 prior convictions.

The Alamogordo Police Department reported they made a DWI arrest on February 18th, 2024 of Larry Dennis who was reported to have had a significant prior history of DWI convictions in his record. Mr. Dennis when his background was run showed he had 8 prior DWI convictions prior to this encounter with APD officers. Given this past experience with law enforcement he is still out and about in public drinking ,and yet again, under arrest.

Larry Dennis was seen in one of the local public parks after hours and after park curfew and he then asked an Alamogordo police officer for help at the close park within the city of Alamogordo. The  Alamogordo Police Officer when questioning Mr. Dennis soon learned why he was was so lost and confused about his whereabouts.  The officer engaging with Mr. Dennis found empty beer cans strewn throughout his car. When officers checked the national records, they learned he had prior convictions for DWI and conducted a field sobriety test. MrDennis failed the sobriety test and was then arrested for a ninth time for drunk driving.

The Alamogordo Police Department reports that Mr. Dennis is facing yet another DWI charge for a 9th time and an additional subsequent offense charge of wrongful use of public property for entering the park when it was closed or after hours. He could face 10 years in prison based on state statute.

New Mexico has increased penalties for repeat DWI convictions, including longer jail time, fines, and license revocation. For example, a second DWI conviction can result in:

  • 48 hours of community service
  • $500–$1,000 fine
  • 4–364 days in jail (8 days minimum if aggravated)
  • 1–5 years probation
  • 2 years ignition interlock device
  • 2 years revocation of N.M. driver's license or privilege to drive in N.M.

Subsequent DWI convictions will result in:

  • Third offense: 30 days in prison, 96 hours of community service, and a fine of $750
  • Fourth offense: Up to 18 months in prison (six months is required), and the conviction is considered a felony
  • Fifth offense: Up to two years in prison with one year required
  • After eight convictions: Each one comes with a mandatory ten-year prison sentence
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