The initial investigation indicated a vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 25 exited the roadway into the median and rolled, landing in the southbound lanes. The driver, identified as Joseph P. Montoya (28) of Belen, NM, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and there are no signs of alcohol involvement.
This crash remains under investigation.
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State Police initiated a pursuit on the fleeing stolen vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled northbound until it exited and turned around at the St. Francis Drive exit and began fleeing back southbound. State Police pursued the fleeing vehicle southbound on Interstate 25 at speeds ranging from eighty to over 100 miles per hour. Around milepost 247, north of Bernalillo, State Police successfully deployed stop sticks which deflated the vehicle’s left rear tire. The vehicle continued fleeing southbound for approximately thirteen miles until it exited onto Alameda Boulevard, then re-entered the interstate from within the frontage road. As the suspect vehicle re-entered the interstate, it was struck on the roadway by another southbound passenger car. Both vehicles were disabled.
State Police officers conducted a felony stop and the driver and sole occupant of the suspect vehicle surrendered without further incident. The driver was identified as Michael S. Farley (30) of Albuquerque. Mr. Farley was arrested and transported to the Albuquerque State Police barracks where he is currently being interviewed.
The driver of the passenger car which struck the suspect vehicle complained of injuries and was transported by EMS. No other injuries were sustained in this incident.
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New Mexico State Police Officers located the individual and subsequently shots were fired. The suspect sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
This incident occurred on the Laguna Reservation west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, north of the 126 exit on Interstate 40.
The sequence of events leading up the officer discharging his weapon is currently being investigated. No other information is available at this time.
All details of this incident are being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. The names of the officer involved and the suspect will not be released until interviews have been conducted and next of kin has been notified. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be referred to an assigned district attorney’s office for review.]]>
The initial investigation revealed that a passenger vehicle, driven by Jessica Bateman (33) from Leander, Texas, was traveling westbound on San Juan County Road 7010 when she ran the Stop Sign at the intersection of State Road 371 and entering the roadway directly in front of a southbound Commercial Motor Vehicle (Semi-Tractor and Trailer), driven by Thomas Reynolds from Arizona. As a result the two vehicles collided.
Ms. Bateman sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Mr. Reynolds and his two passengers sustained injuries and were transported from the scene to San Juan Regional Medical Center for treatment.
This vehicle crash is still under investigation.]]>
We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision.
Who: New Mexico State Police
What: Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration/Insurance/DL Checkpoints
When: July 2016
Where: All New Mexico Counties
Why: So we can ENDWI in New Mexico
A single engine aircraft was located in the Rio Grande just west of State Road 28 near mile marker 24, south of Las Cruces, NM. The exact time this incident occurred is unknown, as when officers arrived both occupants from the plane had left the scene and were transported by a good Samaritan to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. Both subjects where then transferred to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be handling the investigation.]]>
The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 3:40 p.m. in Edgewood, New Mexico, a police officer responded to the Smith’s grocery store to a report of a carjacking. The Edgewood officer learned that the owner of a blue Chevrolet Corvette was assaulted at gun point and subsequently the owner’s vehicle was stolen. At 5:40 p.m., a Los Lunas Police Officer located the stolen blue Chevrolet Corvette on State Road 6 near the intersection of Don Pasquale.
The officer attempted to conduct a felony traffic stop when the vehicle fled. At the intersection of State Road 6 and Emilio Lopez Road, the fleeing vehicle recklessly jumped several curbs endangering the public, subsequently colliding with other vehicles stopped at the intersection. At this point the responding officers approached the stolen vehicle and attempted to take the vehicles two occupants into custody. Based on statements, the driver of the stolen vehicle drove toward the officers and officers fired their weapons. The stolen vehicle then fled on Interstate 25 northbound towards Albuquerque.
At the 207 mile marker the suspects exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The driver while running on foot fired a handgun at the pursuing officers. An officer pursing returned fire.
Through the course of the incident one of the suspects sustained a nonlife threatening gunshot wound, and one Los Lunas Police officer sustained an injury to one of his hands. Both were treated and released.
The driver of the stolen motor vehicle was identified as Dakota Cook (24) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the passenger was identified as Sheliky Sanchez (28) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both subjects have extensive criminal histories. Sanchez was wanted on current felony warrants, and Cook is a person of interest in a violent crime in Albuquerque.
Cook has been booked into the Valencia County jail on the following charges:
Sanchez has been booked in the Valencia County jail on the following charges:
The sequence of events leading up to the officers discharging their weapons is currently being investigated. No other information is available at this time.
All details of this incident are being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. The names of the officers involved will not be released until interviews have been conducted. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be referred to an assigned district attorney’s office for review.]]>
At this time our investigators are responding to the scene and will begin processing evidence and gathering information. As soon as information pertaining to the investigation is available, a press release will be sent out.
All details of this incident are being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau.]]>
The driver of the passenger car, identified as Stephan Joseph Molinas (23) of Abilene, TX, was uninjured in the crash and began speaking with officers at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was injured in the crash when Mr. Molinas’ vehicle struck his. Inside Mr. Molinas’ vehicle was a one year old female child who did not sustain any injuries.
When officers spoke with him, they observed Mr. Molinas had bloodshot, watery eyes and spoke with slurred speech. Officers also smelled alcohol emitting from Mr. Molinas’ breath. Mr. Molinas admitted to officers he consumed alcohol prior to the crash. Officers asked Mr. Molinas to perform sobriety tests, which he consented to do. Mr. Molinas’ performance on the sobriety tests indicated he was impaired and unable to safely drive a vehicle. Mr. Molinas was arrested for DWI and later blew a .12 on a breath test.
Mr. Molinas was charged with DWI causing injury and child abuse, along with traffic offenses. He was booked into the Quay County Detention Center.
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Around 3:30 p.m., a New Mexico State Police officer at the scene fired his department issued firearm, striking Mr. Herrera. Officers at the scene immediately rendered medical aid to Mr. Herrera until EMS arrived. However, Mr. Herrera succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. No injuries were sustained by officers.
All details of this incident are being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. The name of the officer involved will not be released until interviews have been conducted. The officer involved has been placed on standard administrative leave in accordance with DPS policy. Further information will be released when it comes available.
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