ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A 10-year-old girl and her father suffered serious injuries Tuesday morning due to a crash involving a DUI suspect in southeast Albuquerque, reports KOB4.
The collision occurred at the intersection of San Pedro Drive Southeast and Bell Avenue Southeast, shortly before 8:00 a.m.
According to Albuquerque Police, the suspect, a 37-year-old man, was racing through nearby neighborhoods in a state government SUV he stole. At one point, he failed to stop at a stop sign, causing the stolen vehicle to collide with another SUV.
Following the wreck, the suspect fled the scene on foot, ran through several backyards, and then hid in a private shed. He later came forward, admitted to having been high on methamphetamine when he caused the crash.
The adult male driver of the victim vehicle and his daughter both suffered brain bleeds. The young girl was left unconscious with several broken bones and liver damage. At the time of KOB4’s report, she remained in the ICU and was unable to breathe without medical support. The male victim was reported conscious but has sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Authorities say the suspect, who is listed as homeless, has had four felony convictions. Following the crash, he faces criminal charges that include multiple felonies and potentially more than 10 years in prison. He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning, March 30, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.
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