Deputy struck by suspected drunk driver in Rio Arriba County

Deputy struck by suspected drunk driver in Rio Arriba County_1540594101622.jpg.jpg

A deputy was involved in a dangerous crash Thursday night that was caused by a suspected drunk driver.

It happened around 7:30 last night when Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Captain Billy Merrifield was driving north on U.S. Highway 84 when he saw an SUV backing into the road from a driveway. 

Merrifield swerved to the southbound lane to avoid being hit but was struck causing him to roll his car off the road.

He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Espanola Hospital.

The driver of the SUV was unharmed but she was arrested on suspicion on DWI. She has been identified as 42-year-old Laverne Mondragon of Espanola. 

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