City of Santa Fe employee arrested for DWI

Mugshot of Albert Roybal

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe city employee is in jail accused of driving drunk, causing a very dangerous crash and fleeing the scene.

His truck slammed into the back of a semi truck carrying hydrochloric acid on southbound I-25 near Cerrillos road around midnight.

He then took off on foot.

While none of the acid leaked, a special truck from Denver had to be called to retrieve the explosive cargo.

The driver, 38-year-old Albert Roybal, was found a short time later walking.

He’s now charged with DWI, reckless driving, failing to stop and render aid and having an open container.

City officials confirm Roybal is a long time employee with the Public Utilities Department.

An internal investigation will be conducted to determine his future with the city.

A spokesperson says he must have a valid license to perform his job and they haven’t yet decided if he’ll be allowed back at work during the investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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