Former Border Patrol agent Christian Lira, elected to the Sunland Park City Council last March, was indicted Thursday by a Dona Ana County grand jury with battery against a household member (his former wife) and felony false imprisonment. At the time Mr. Lira was driving with a suspended New Mexico driver's license, according to the sheriff's department, with "numerous" citations. The alleged battery occurred on May 20 and Mr. Lira turned himself in to authorities a week later. He was booked and released. Ashley Meeks carries the story in the Sun News this morning (click here).
Mr. Lira is also required to appear in court later this month on separate charges stemming from an alleged assault on a family member causing "great bodily injury" and intent to give false information.
In the May 20 incident Mr. Lira is alleged to have grabbed his former wife's hair and pulled her back inside the vehicle he was driving, as she tried to exit the car. She then managed to exit the car in the Sunland Park police department parking lot. Video cameras cover part of that parking lot. The investigation was carried out by officer Robert (Bo) Nevarez, domestic violence investigator for the Dona Ana County Sheriff's department.