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NM police officer hit by suspected drunken driver

Created: 06/29/2014 11:25 AM
By: The Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A state police officer is in critical condition after being struck by a suspected drunken driver while conducting a traffic stop in southeastern New Mexico.

Officer Carlos Verdugo was in his patrol car near the intersection of Navajo and US 62 in Hobbs when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Jason Allred.

Verdugo was flown to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.

State Police Chief Pete Kassetas and Department of Public Safety Secretary Greg Fouratt were in Lubbock on Sunday and reported Verdugo was in critical but stable condition.

The woman stopped by Verdugo had non-life-threatening injuries.

Allred is facing two aggravated DWI charges and one count each of reckless driving and great bodily harm by vehicle.

Verdugo has been with the department for about 18 months.

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