SANTA FE — An Española woman was arrested after she drunkenly crashed her truck into an Española Public Schools bus that was picking up students and later caused another crash early Wednesday morning, State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo says.
Her statement said 23-year-old Gabriella Uzueta crashed her Dodge Dakota pickup into the back of a school bus that was stopped with its stop sign and signal lights activated and was picking up students in La Mesilla on N.M. 399 near County Road 110 around 7:30 a.m.
Uzueta allegedly got out of the truck and started arguing with the bus driver before fleeing the scene, Armijo said. One of the students on the bus was able to capture Uzueta’s license plate on a cell phone. None of the eight middle and high school students or the bus driver were injured.
Around 8 a.m. an Española Police officer stopped the pickup on Valley Road in Española and learned that the truck had caused a second crash with another car near Riverside Drive and Fairview Drive. State Police arrived and noticed that Uzueta appeared to be “heavily under he influence of alcohol or drugs,” Armijo wrote. The truck had moderate damage and a flat front tire. Uzueta’s speech was slurred and she had difficulty maintaining her balance, according to Armijo.
Uzueta agreed to undergo field sobriety tests, which indicated she was under the influence and couldn’t safely drive a vehicle. She was booked in the Tierra Amarilla jail on charges of DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and not having a driver’s license.
In July she was charged with two counts of evading a police officer and two counts of concealing identity in Santa Fe Magistrate Court, but they were dropped without prejudice earlier this month. She was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in June 2015, but that charge was also dropped.