Farmington police officer recovering after crash

December 12, 2012 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington man is facing charges after he allegedly ran a traffic light and his vehicle was hit by a police officer’s patrol car.

San Juan County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the [auth] crash, which happened before dawn Wednesday at the intersection of Main Street and Butler Avenue.

Firefighters had to use tools to pry open the vehicle to get to 25-year-old Cody Olachea and his passenger, 21-year-old Deseree Trujillo. Olachea was treated for minor injuries, but Trujillo remains hospitalized.

Officer Tyler Brown was treated and released.

Investigators say Brown was traveling through the intersection with a green light and that Olachea failed to stop. The patrol car hit Olachea’s vehicle on the passenger side, sending it sliding across the intersection and into a restaurant parking lot.

Investigators say toxicology tests on Olachea are pending.

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