NEW MEXICO – New Mexico officials say a drunk man barreled an SUV through a parade that celebrates Native American culture and that at least 15 people were injured, including two Gallup police officers. The state police agency said Friday they have no reason to suspect the crime was motivated by hate.
The incident stoked fear in the crowd of thousands who lined the parade route in front of businesses selling Native American jewelry, arts, and crafts. Police arrested 33-year-old Jeff Irving and said his blood-alcohol content was three times the state’s legal limit for driving. Court records didn’t list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.