Police charged a 29-year-old man with reckless driving after he crashed his pickup into a house in southwest Santa Fe on Friday morning.
Despite falling snow in the area, Santa Fe police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said the crash wasn’t caused by bad road conditions.
Dobyns said Officer James Plummer was driving on Agua Fría Street at about 9 a.m. when he saw someone driving recklessly northbound on the street. When Plummer turned around to attempt a traffic stop, Dobyns said, the driver, Marco Villescas-Venzor, swerved off the road and drove through at least one chain-link fence, through a field and eventually into a house in the 900 block of Calle Carmelita.
Dobyns said the structural damage to the house was minimal and that Villescas-Venzor wasn’t injured in the crash.
Police suspected the Villescas-Venzor may have been impaired, and he was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.
“He didn’t admit to anything but the officer suspected possible impairment,” Dobyns said.
Police were unable to conduct a blood test because of the amount of time if took for the man to be medically cleared. Dobyns said doctors said the man may have suffered a “medical episode” while driving.
Urine-analysis testing didn’t yield evidence to charge Villescas-Venzor with DWI, Dobyns said.
The charge of reckless driving was filed at Santa Fe Municipal Court and Villescas-Venzor will be sent a court summons to appear on the charge, she said.
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