New Mexico Man Faces Felony Charges After Traffic Stop

Sioux County, Iowa — A routine traffic stop in Sioux County Saturday morning led to the arrest of a New Mexico man on various felony and misdemeanor charges.

According to court papers, a Sioux County Deputy pulled over a car about 8:45 Saturday morning, after reportedly clocking the vehicle at 89 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Authorities say 32-year-old Rudy Rivera of Albuquerque admitted to smoking marijuana on Friday. He also reportedly admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.

Deputies say Rivera appeared to be under the influence, and failed standardized field testing.

According to authorities, a Drug Recognition Expert determined that Rivera was not in condition for operating a motor vehicle.

In addition to Rivera, deputies reportedly discovered that Rivera had two small children with him.

He was charged with: 2 counts of Neglect or Abandonment of a dependent person, Class C Felonies; and Possession of Marijuana, 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Rivera was transported to the Sioux County Jail.