On Thursday, a suspect was seen driving their vehicle through a crowd at a Native American cultural parade in New Mexico, injuring several people including two police officers.
The SUV plowed through the annual Intertribal Indian Ceremonial parade in downtown Gallup, New Mexico. The driver and the passengers of the car were arrested at the scene, reported The Guardian.
SHOCKING: A person in a large SUV drove through a parade in New Mexico, injuring multiple people including two police officers.?
Police say that the driver is in custody and they are investigating the incident. https://t.co/vukuwybNU1 pic.twitter.com/FbToTqrddi
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 5, 2022
Footage from the crash shows the large brown vehicle speeding down the street towards the parade, sending children performing traditional dances and onlookers fleeing.
The vehicle then swerved on to a side street, pulled into a parking spot, then pulled back out, crashing into a police car. Officers then pulled at least two people out of the SUV and arrested them.
According to New Mexico State Police, multiple pedestrians and two officers were hurt and were treated at the scene. Lt Mark Soriano of the state police said no one was killed, but could not elaborate on the extent of the injuries, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
NMSP is investigating an incident involving multiple pedestrians at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration. Multiple people, including two Gallup PD officers, injured and are being treated on scene. The driver is in custody. More information when available. pic.twitter.com/fRSKmUPPcZ
— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) August 5, 2022
“We’re incredibly saddened and shocked by the life-threatening and traumatic incident that took place last night when a vehicle drove through the Ceremonial Night Parade. We await as law enforcement continues to gather the facts regarding this ongoing situation,” said The Intertribal Ceremonial Office (ICO) Executive Director Melissa Sanchez.
“Right now, safety is the top priority for community members, participants, travelers, and event staff and volunteers, and we sincerely appreciate the swift response from local law enforcement. New Mexico State Police have committed to an increased presence of law enforcement throughout the remainder of the event to ensure public safety and our hope is to keep the schedule for the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial intact.”
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