Man arrested for drink-driving at New Mexico parade


By Andrew Hay

TAOS, NM (Reuters) – A 33-year-old man was arrested Thursday night and charged with drink-driving during a Native American parade in New Mexico that left several people injured, according to media and police reports.

Jeff Irving was driving with a revoked license for a previous offense while intoxicated and is facing several charges related to Thursday’s incident, which took place in Gallup, news channel KOB 4 reported, citing a criminal complaint against the suspect.

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Among those injured in the incident were two Gallup officers, the New Mexico state police said in a tweet.

Police did not say whether they suspected the driver of deliberately hitting people or whether they believe he was disabled and did not know they were there. Videos taken by bystanders showed a large brown SUV speeding through the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial parade as dancers and spectators dispersed.

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Police and city officials did not immediately respond to the request for additional comment.

(Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; editing by David Gregorio)


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