ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The woman accused of driving drunk and killing two friends in a crash on Interstate 25 more than four months ago has been returned to Albuquerque to face trial.
Stephanie Mendez, 29, surrendered to police in Farmington after apparently hiding out with relatives on the Navajo Reservation. She was booked into the Bernalillo County Detention Center shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
A Bernalillo County grand jury on July 12 indicted Mendez on several felonies including two counts of vehicular homicide.
According to Albuquerque police Mendez was at the wheel on March 22 when she failed to negotiate the loop onramp from westbound Montgomery Boulevard to southbound Interstate 25 and lumbered into freeway traffic where she struck a van. The mother and two children in the van were not injured, but four of the five people in Mendez's car were ejected.
Two of those people died.
Police later reported Mendez had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23, nearly three times the level for presumed intoxication under state law.
She is being held under a $250,000 bond.
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