SANTA FE (KRQE) - Police said a man driving a plumbing company van was drunk when he started playing demolition derby on the streets of Santa Fe Friday morning.
Gabriel Lomayestewa, 33, was after he tried to run from a four-car crash police said he caused.
Police said five people, including Lomayestewa, were sent to the hospital. Late Friday afternoon one of those people remained in the intensive care unit.
Detectives said the crash happened on Airport Road around 6:30 am. Police said three vehicles were stopped at a red light at Paseo del Sol West when Lomayestewa slammed his van lettered for Cartwright Plumbing and Heating into a Toyota.
Police said that caused a chain reaction.
The crash was a surprise to Lomayestewa's boss because Lomayestewa was not on the clock.
Police said Lomayestewa admitted to drinking just hours before the crash.
"What he told police is that he finished installing a water heater last night and that he came home after he finished that work and consumed four Budweisers and two shots and said he stopped drinking about four this morning," police spokesperson Celina Westervelt said.
After the crash, police said Lomayestewa ran off. He told officers he panicked.
Deputies caught up with him about a half a mile away and arrested him.
His boss would not comment if he will lose his job.
Online records show Lomayestewa has at least one prior arrest for DWI.
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