Trail leads to DWI suspect accused of hitting wall, power pole

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A trail of oil led deputies from a crash scene right to a drunk driving suspect, but that driver had a different story for deputies as he tried to explain away his wrecked car.

“The elk came into the road and then I was just like, ‘Ahhh’… and then, now I’m here,” Charles Parker told Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies last week.

Deputies saw Parker on the side of the road near Tesuque, changing his tire after a collision.

“So, do you really want to tell me the truth, sir?” a deputy asked Parker. “How about we start back to where you crashed into that wall back there and we followed the oil trail all the way to your car?”

Deputies say he hit a wall and power pole, knocking out power in the area.

“I just can’t… I can’t go back to jail,” Parker said.

He had a DWI arrest in 2011. This time, he admitted to drinking two small beers, but denied a connection to the crash.

“So, here’s what I think happened, okay? I think you were driving down the road. You crashed into part of that house over there. You took off from the scene. We followed the oil trail all the way to where your car pulls off, okay?” the deputy told Parker, explaining why he didn’t believe the story about a collision with an elk.

Deputies arrested him on charges, including aggravated DWI and reckless driving.

“I’m mad at myself, you know,” Parker said.

“Yeah? Well, I’m glad you didn’t hurt nobody,” the deputy responded.

“Well, I just like driving home, man, like…” Parker trailed off.

Deputies also said they found two empty beer cans and marijuana in Parker’s car. 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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