Pizza delivery driver crashes into New Mexico family’s fence

New Mexico

A pizza delivery driver made an unwanted stop at a New Mexico family’s home. Police say he was drunk, with a blood alcohol concentration more than twice the legal limit.

The driver, 40-year-old Eric Rhoads, left behind a mess, crushing a stone and metal fence in front of the Salazars’ home.

“You can see the empty bottles of vodka,” a deputy can be heard saying on lapel video.

It happened last week just before 7 p.m. on Mescalero Road.

“We’re really happy he hit the fence instead of our house. We got kids sleeping in the bedrooms or ourselves, you never know…But he could’ve done a lot of damage if he did hit the house,” said Angel Salazar.

Officers say when they arrived, they could smell alcohol on Rhoads’ breath. They also say he was uncooperative, telling them at one point just to take him to jail. Deputies say they also found several bottles of vodka in Rhoads’ car, one of them completely empty.

“He kept telling us that he tried to avoid hitting an animal — cat or a deer — I don’t know what it was. But anyway, I don’t know how true it is that â€” he did see an animal,” said Salazar.

Rhoads’ breath test came back as a 0.19, more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested for aggravated DWI and for not having insurance.

Rhoads was an employee at the Dominos on North Main Street in Roswell. A Dominos spokesperson didn’t know if he was on the job at the time of the crash, but in pictures of the scene, he appears to be wearing his uniform, with the Dominos sign on top of his car.

The corporate office says Rhoads was fired right after the incident. Dominos didn’t reference the DWI specifically, only saying that insurance is a requirement for all drivers and that Rhoads did have insurance.

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