Suspected drunk driver rams car, injures officer

LEA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico State Police officer was in critical condition after a drunk driver crashed into his car Saturday during a traffic stop.

The collision happened near the intersection of Navajo and U.S. 62 in Hobbs.

State Police say officer Carlos Verdugo, who was in the vehicle when the driver slammed into his car, was air transported to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. He has since been released and will recover at home for an undetermined amount of time.

The female driver who Verdugo stopped was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Jason Allred, who police say caused the crash, is charged with great bodily harm by vehicle, DWI and reckless driving.

Verdugo has been on the department for a year and a half.

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