Suspect in multi-vehicle hit-and-run rampage appears in court

Suspect to appear in court for multi-car hit-and-run crash

A man accused of hitting multiple vehicles and threatening Santa Fe police will appear in court Wednesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. — A man appeared in court Wednesday, facing charges for allegedly crashing into several cars and then attacking a family member and police.

Irving Valverde is accused of crashing into at least seven vehicles while racing along Cerrillos Road and causing another crash after running a red light at St. Michaels Drive.

Police arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. Saturday. Officers said all the crash debris blocked Cerrillos Road, but they found no one with injuries.

Police learned through a call for service that Valverde allegedly ran home around 8:30 p.m. and attacked a family member.

Officers responded to the home and allegedly found him holding a kitchen knife. They say they told Valverde to drop the knife multiple times, but he allegedly refused. Instead, he threw a rock at police and then the knife.

All the while, police used a taser and a “less than lethal bean bag shotgun” on him multiple times. Eventually, they took him into custody after he hopped over a fence to another nearby residence.

Valverde is now in the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center, facing a slew of charges:

  • Aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon
  • Assault upon a peace officer
  • Battery
  • Resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to give immediate notice of accident
  • Leaving the scene of an accident