Hobbs man charged with striking state trooper’s car

July 2, 2014 • Police Blotter

Above: This submitted photo shows the damage done to Officer Carlos Verdugo’s state police vehicle. Below: Allred (Courtesy Photos)


A Hobbs man accused of drunken driving and striking a state police vehicle Saturday was arrested Tuesday after being released from a hospital.

Jason Allred, 40, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the state police post in Hobbs. He was charged with great bodily harm by vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic liquor or drugs, drunken driving and reckless driving.

Allred was being held at the Lea County Detention Center on $25,000 cash/surety bond.

State police said Allred ran into the police vehicle of officer Carlos Verdugo at about 6:11 p.m. Saturday, near the intersection of East Navajo Drive and U.S. Highway 62, in Hobbs.

[auth] Verdugo, who was in his police unit at the time of the crash, was air-transported to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. His most recent medical status was critical, but stable condition.

Verdugo, whom police said was coherent, has been a state trooper for a year and a half.

Police said a female driver who Verdugo had stopped was also injured with non-life threatening injuries. She was in her vehicle at the time of the crash, police said, and was taken away by ambulance.

Allred was flown to an Albuquerque hospital and released on his own recognizance. State police obtained a warrant for a blood sample. Police said Tuesday the lab results were pending.


Roswell teen charged after accident

A Roswell teen was arrested Sunday afternoon after state police said he drove a vehicle off Bottomless Lakes Road while intoxicated, injuring himself and two passengers.

The driver, Josiah Earwood, 18, of Roswell, was arrested on a felony charge of great bodily harm by vehicle, driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, and careless driving.

Earwood was booked at the Chaves County Detention Center.

State police said a state trooper drove upon the one-vehicle crash near Bottomless Lakes State Park at about 4:21 p.m. Sunday.

The officer said all three occupants of the vehicle were injured and emergency medical technicians were called to the scene.

Police said one passenger was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, while the other two refused transport.


Fatal rollover

A Lovington man died at the scene of a single-vehicle crash Monday near the New Mexico-Texas border in Lea County.

Gabriel Leyva, 46, succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash, state police said.

Police said Leyva was driving a commercial vehicle southbound on Lea County Road 2, south of New Mexico State Road 128, at about 8 a.m. Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve.

Police said his tractor-trailer went off the west side of roadway, causing the weight of the loaded tanker trailer to shift, before it rolled over.

Police said alcohol was not a contributing factor.

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