Commission candidate charged in altercation over wild horses
From: Albuquerque Journal
By: Argen Duncan
A Sandoval County Commission candidate is charged with misdemeanors battery and trespassing.
Gary Miles of Placitas, a Republican running for the District 1 commission seat, was charged in connection with a July 3 incident. He declined to comment.
The other man involved, Robert Woodall, was charged with misdemeanor aggravated battery, according to the New Mexico Courts website.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Sandoval County Magistrate Court, a county sheriff’s sergeant was dispatched to Placitas because of an altercation.
The sergeant wrote that he spoke with Miles, a wild-horse activist, who was agitated and told him three horses were corraled on Anasazi Road. He ordered the property owner, Woodall, to release the animals.
Miles told the sergeant Woodall used an obscenity and told him to leave. Miles said he wasn’t on Woodall’s property but on the road.
The sergeant wrote that Miles had an abrasion on his face and his glasses were askew and broken. When the sergeant asked if he’d been assaulted, Miles said Woodall hit him in the face, and then he pushed Woodall down and let out the horses, according to the complaint.