Driver crashes into ‘Welcome to Portales’ sign

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PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – Portales residents didn’t get a warm welcome when an out of control driver slammed into their “Welcome to Portales” sign.

The driver, 29-year-old Michael Valdez, was arrested. Police say he also kicked an officer. Authorities believe he was drunk.

The sign, which suffered minimal damage, has been there for more than 30 years. This is not the first time it’s been hit.

The community is considering putting up a concrete barrier around it to avoid this from happening again.

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