Police video shows encounter with suspected wrong way driver in Santa Fe

Diana Nunez-Montes
Diana Nunez-Montes

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s an ongoing problem on I-25 around Santa Fe. Wrong way drivers barreling down the interstate, usually drunk, and often with deadly consequences.

But in the latest incident, police were able to put the brakes on the situation before anyone got hurt.

Diana Nunez-Montez was pulled over Sunday. Officers believed she was driving drunk in Santa Fe.

“I’m a DWI Officer, okay,” said a Santa Fe Police Officer.

According to a criminal complaint, Nunez-Montez was driving northbound on the southbound lanes of I-25 near Cerrillos Road.

“How did you get on the wrong way of the highway,” asked the officer.

“Honestly, I’m not even sure,” replied Nunez-Montes. “I was just trying to avoid the traffic.”

In police video, Nunez-Montez admits she was drinking before getting behind the wheel. She tells the Santa Fe Police Officer she was out celebrating her birthday in Albuquerque and on the way home, she got lost.

“I turned right and now that I think about it, it was the wrong way,” said Nunez-Montes.

After taking a field sobriety test, police arrested her. Police said she then blew a .09 back at the station.

Just a few weeks ago, 22-year-old Anton Gress was hit head on by a wrong way driver. He died after officers were unable to pull him from his burning SUV.

In 2006, a family of five was killed by wrong-way drunken driver Dana Papst.

In this latest case, police said they’re thankful it ended in a DWI and nothing worse.

“Well, I’m glad you didn’t crash,” said the officer.

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