Officers with the Belen Police Department arrested a 61-year-old Los Lunas man on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) on Tuesday, June 29, 2017. They arrested the man after responding to a car crash in which he slammed into the rear of a 54-year-old Hub City woman's Ford Taurus earlier in the afternoon.
Witnesses interviewed by police reported having seen the man driving his white Chevrolet pickup truck in the westbound direction along Reinken Avenue as he approached its intersection with Sixth Street. They noted he was driving at an accelerated rate of speed. Waiting at that traffic signal, there was the gray four-door sedan's driver, waiting for the light to turn green.
Although witnesses reported hearing the pickup driver attempt to brake at the very last second as he approached the woman's car, he wasn't able to do so in time. He forcibly crashed into the rear of her vehicle as she continued sitting at the light.
When officers arrived on the scene and went to speak with the man, they noted a strong scent of alcohol emanating from the truck's cab. A breathalyzer test was administered on the man at the scene. Police say his blood alcohol content test results are still pending.
As for the woman who was struck, she was transported to a hospital in Alburquerque to be treated for her injuries. It's unclear what her condition currently is.
Among the many injuries victims of drunk driving accidents suffer each year, spinal cord injuries, fractures or traumatic brain damage are some of the more severe ones. These types of injuries can be expensive to stabilize and treat in the long term. If you know someone that's been hurt, then a Los Lunas car accident attorney may be able to help them recover medical expenses in their legal case.
Source: The News Bulletin, "Los Lunas man arrested in DWI crash," Julia Dendinger, June 20, 2017