3 hospitalized after crash at DWI checkpoint on US Route 66 in Thoreau

Parnall Law News Team

MCKINLEY COUNTY, NM — Three people, including a New Mexico State Police officer, were hit and injured by an SUV Friday night at a DWI checkpoint in Thoreau, reports KOB4.

The incident occurred in the area of U.S. Route 66 and New Mexico State Road 371 at around 6:40 p.m.

According to authorities, a 35-year-old Bloomfield man was behind the wheel of an SUV that sped through a checkpoint and slammed into two NMSP cars. Two women and an NMSP officer were standing by one of the vehicles when they were hit.

All three victims were rushed to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. The officer was released from the hospital that same night, but the conditions of the two women have not been disclosed.

At this time, the striking driver faces a number of felony charges, including “DWI resulting in great bodily harm by vehicle, aggravated battery and assault and aggravated battery and assault on an officer with a deadly weapon.” The suspect also faces multiple traffic violations and a misdemeanor DWI charge, “his first alleged offense.”

An investigation by NMSP remains ongoing.

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