2 NM EMTs injured after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance
Firefighters needed to break the ambulance windshield to free the two American Medical Response EMTs
Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — An ambulance responding to a call Thursday evening was hit by an alleged drunken driver and rolled.
The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Las Cruces Police Department, at the intersection of Amador Avenue and Water Street. Impact from a Dodge Challenger caused the ambulance to roll on its side.
Police say the American Medical Response ambulance had its lights and sirens on when it was hit. No patients were being transported but two EMTs were inside. Firefighters had to break the ambulance windshield to get to the EMTs, police say.
The EMTs were transported to MountainView Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police say.
The driver of the Dodge was a 22-year-old man from Alamogordo who was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor count of running a stop sign.
Two passengers in the Dodge, a woman and a man, both escaped serious injuries, police say.
Police say the man who was charged Thursday was arrested on a DWI charge two days prior, on May 18, by police in Anthony, N.M. He was released on bond that same day.
Following Thursday’s crash with the ambulance, the man was and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond.
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