SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The same weekend one woman was stopped for driving the wrong way on I-25, another DWI suspect was seen driving there with sparks flying after she got a flat tire and just kept going.
Santa Fe County deputies say 23-year-old Karly Vicenti was riding her car down to the rim after a flat tire on I-25 near the Cochiti exit on Friday, Oct. 7.
“I didn’t realize how eaten up that rim is,” one deputy is heard telling another in the lapel video.
“It’s pretty bad,” a deputy responded. “It’s eaten down like halfway.”
Sparks flew as the car swerved, according to a 911 caller.
“You’re trying to get to Albuquerque?” a deputy asked Vicenti.
Vicenti admitted to drinking although she wasn’t sure how much.
Deputies found five empty beer cans, an empty Fireball whiskey and an opened vodka.
They also noticed damage to her car. “She hit something,” a deputy said.
“Oh, I know. Yeah, she could’ve been in a bad crash on the way home,” a deputy responded.
This happened the same weekend that Santa Fe Police stopped another 23-year-old DWI suspect, who was driving the wrong way on I-25.
An officer asked Diana Nunez-Montes how she ended up going the wrong way.
“Honestly, I’m not even sure,” she said. “I was just trying to avoid the traffic, so I got off on the bridge.”
Two weeks before that, a wrong-way driver on I-25 killed 23-year-old Anton Gress.
Deputies say Vicenti failed field sobriety tests.
“I’ve never done this,” Vicenti told deputies.
She told deputies she hit a wood pallet in the road.
In this case, an arrest came before the DWI suspect did harm to more than just her car.
A breath test put Vicenti at .15.
Court records do not show any prior arrests.