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UPDATED: Body Found On West Side, Drunk Driver Crashes Into Scene

Thomas Montaño (Courtesy of Bernalillo County)
Thomas Montaño (Courtesy of Bernalillo County)
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BSCO has identified the man who ran into rescue crews on Central early Friday morning as 27-year-old Thomas Montaño.

Montaño was headed east on Central near 114th St. at about 2:30 a.m. when he crashed into a rescue truck in his Honda Accord, said Lt. Andi Taylor with BCSO.

Deputies and paramedics were on the shoulder of eastbound Central handling a body found on the side of the road. The body was that of a 59-year-old man, and there were no apparent signs of trauma, Taylor said.

After Montaño hit the rescue truck, he continued on Central, slammed into a guardrail, spun around and then hit an ambulance. Taylor said officials had to jump out of the way and one sustained a minor hip injury.

Montaño was arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, reckless driving and failure to maintain his lane.


BCSO is reporting that the body found on the West Side early this morning was a 59-year-old man.

He was found on the side of the road at about 2:30 a.m., and there were no apparent signs of trauma, a spokeswoman said.

The name of the man has not been released.


An alleged drunk driver crashed into responders while they were on scene after finding a dead body in the road on the west side, KOAT reported.

Authorities arrived at around 2:30 a.m. to find the body in the road at Central Ave. and 114th St. During their investigation, police told KOAT that a driver barreled into ambulances.

The driver tried to flee on foot after the crash, but he was arrested, KOAT said.


Associated Press – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a dead body found early Friday.

KOB-TV reports the body was found on the west side of Albuquerque near Central Avenue and 114th Street.

It’s not clear how the person died. Check back for updates.

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