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Drunk teen steals deputy's truck, crashes

Meg Hilling
December 19, 2017 06:04 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- A 16-year-old girl is facing some serious charges after taking a drunken joyride in a patrol truck belonging to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Monday night.


Around 6:30 p.m. Monday night, the sheriff’s office reports that a resident in Bloomfield flagged down a deputy in reference to her teenage daughter lying drunk on the side of the road.

When the deputy placed the girl in the back of the patrol truck and began speaking with the mother, the girl ended up kicking the window of the door out, commandeering the vehicle and taking off the down the road.

Investigators report she was headed towards Farmington when she crashed the vehicle near a gas station along a busy road.

When the crash occurred, people at the Bubble City gas station ran across the street to see who had been injured. It was then the girl was found in what was described as critical condition, holding a gun that had been dislodged in the vehicle during the crash. She was then taken to a hospital for treatment.

Prior to crashing, the girl struck other cars along the way causing a handful of minor injuries according to authorities. She is now facing pending charges of DWI, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and various other misdemeanor charges.


Meg Hilling

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