In the case of State v. Nance, the New Mexico Court of Appeals considered whether a warrantless home arrest in a DWI case was unconstitutional and found that under the circumstances of this case, it was not.
Steve Chavez was leaving a business when he saw Koulungjim Nance's vehicle collide with his own in a parking lot. Chavez confronted Nance upon which Nance returned to his vehicle and drove away. During this encounter, Chavez detected a strong odor of hard liquor on Nance's breath. Chavez called 911 and drove after Nance.
Chavez observed Nance swerving into oncoming traffic, pulling out in front of traffic, speeding, and running stop signs. Within a few minutes, Nance arrived at his home with Chavez and police arriving soon after. The officers tried to make contact with Nance by knocking on the door and identifying themselves. Initially, Nance did not respond but 15 minutes later, he came out of the house. At that time, the officers administered a breathalyzer test registering scores of 0.29 and a 0.27.