ST. JOHNS — A dispute between motorists on a rural stretch of Highway 61, July 1, 2010, led to 16 months of uncertainty, mired in the legal system, for a Concho man who was charged with a felony, disorderly conduct with a weapon.

An Apache County Sheriff’s deputy charged Andrew Noel Pino with the felony in the case and determined that the Iowa truck driver involved in the altercation was a victim. The Apache County Attorney’s office dropped the charges in the “Interests of Justice,” on May 27, 2011.

Pino told the deputy on the day of his arrest he was driving his 1994 Jeep Cherokee and had pulled out onto Highway 61 in Concho when he noticed a semi truck following very closely behind him. Pino told the deputy that the truck was so close behind him that all he could see in his back window was the truck’s grill. Pino said he was traveling at the speed limit but the truck continued to tailgate him for several miles and finally passed him. Pino claimed after the truck driver passed him he slowed the semi to below the speed limit and when Pino tried to pass the vehicle sped up “making it difficult to pass.”

When the truck again started to tailgate, Pino said, he “became concerned” and “afraid for his safety.” Pino told the deputy he removed his 12 gauge shotgun from a gun rack in the vehicle, in case the truck driver tried anything. He told the deputy he did not point the weapon at the truck driver.

The truck driver’s story differed from Pino’s in one major respect; he claimed that the passenger in Pino’s Jeep pointed the shotgun at him.

Pino’s passenger also denied pointing the shotgun at the truck driver but did state that he had directed an obscene gesture at the semi.

Reach the writer at tcorrigan@wmicentral.com

(4) comments

ACIPRA

Nice to have a reporter working the local Apache County news.
Will this reporter be working in a more indepth way to investigate the corruption in our local county gevernment?[smile]

FarmerJohn

@ACIPRA: Amen! I think the only way to hit the "reset" button on Apache county government is to support the split of the county into two counties. As long as 2/3 of the voters have representation without taxation, the corruption will continue.

lissa77

i had a semi tailgate me in concho also a few months back, guessing it might be the same one. not cool , he kinda scared me , i drive a lil honda!

LilTwinkie

"@ACIPRA: Amen! I think the only way to hit the "reset" button on Apache county government is to support the split of the county into two counties. As long as 2/3 of the voters have representation without taxation, the corruption will continue."

Farmer John what are you talking about? What has corruption in Apache Country got to do with newspaper article?

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