Man arrested for DWI, child abuse

RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say a suspected drunk driver crashed then fled with an injured baby and a case of beer.

It happened on Hale Lake Road in Ruidoso Downs this past weekend.

Police say the driver, Andrew Salas, was going too fast and rolled his car which was carrying another passenger and a 1-year-old child. Witnesses claim to have seen Salas and his passenger, Jesse Roman, walking along the road carrying the baby and the beer.

Police later found them at Roman’s house and discovered the child had untreated head injuries. She was taken to the hospital by authorities.

The men and Roman’s wife were arrested and taken to jail on child abuse charges. The two men also face additional charges for leaving the scene of a crash. 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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