15 sent to hospital after SUV drives through Gallup parade

Parnall Law News Team

MCKINLEY COUNTY, NM — Fifteen people were hurt Thursday night when a DWI suspect drove through a parade in downtown Gallup, reports KOB4.

Gallup Police Department said the incident resulted in a crash near the Red Shell Jewelry store on U.S. Route 66, near South 2nd Street, shortly after 7:30 p.m.

A criminal complaint indicates a 33-year-old Pinedale man was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV with a blood alcohol level of 0.24 and on a revoked driver’s license.

He had been watching the opening parade of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial with his two brothers, who were passengers in the vehicle, when two Gallup Police officers tried to approach the SUV.

Officials said officers tried to clear parade-goers off the road as the man fled and drove eastbound down Coal Avenue. The SUV traveled onto South 2nd Street and then onto U.S. Route 66 before hitting a parked vehicle near the store.

The driver was arrested and now faces multiple charges, including Aggravated DWI.

The other two male occupants were also taken into custody and transported to the Gallup Detox Center.

No further details have been shared at this time.


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