Police said the SUV’s driver Jeff Irving, who injured 15 people when he plowed through a Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Parade in New Mexico on Thursday, was charged with drunk driving after his blood alcohol content was discovered to be three times the legal limit.
On August 4, a motorist struck the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Parade route, injuring fifteen persons, including two police officers.
According to Gallup Police, they were called after receiving reports of numerous persons drinking in a car near the parade route on South 7th Street and West Coal Avenue. When police arrived, according to state police, the driver put the car in gear and started heading east on Coal Avenue that was going west. The motorist kept on moving in the direction of South 2nd Street.
State police claimed that Jeff Irving was detained after he crashed the car on Gallup’s Historic Route 66 and South 2nd Street, according to paperwork submitted to the Gallup Magistrate Court.
According to court filings, Irving admitted to drinking to the police.
Irving responded that he was watching the parade with his brothers when the police questioned him about the incident. They immediately made the decision to leave the procession, but Irving remained silent about his current whereabouts.
Field sobriety tests were then administered to Irving by state police.
Irving was taken into custody when the state policeman assessed that he was intoxicated, according to the records. Irving blew a 0.24 on two breath samples, according to court filings, after which he underwent a breathalyzer test.
According to court documents filed by state police, fifteen persons were hurt during the event. One of the fifteen was severely injured. Two of the fifteen individuals were Gallup Police Department officers.
Irving is accused of aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated escaping a police officer, driving with a suspended license, driving with an expired registration, driving without insurance, and having an open container in his possession.