Police arrest man in fatal wreck

ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say they’ve arrested a man accused of using meth before driving head-on into a State Police sergeant’s vehicle in October.

Dwight David Weir.
Courtesy photo.

Dwight David Weir, 55, of Bosque Farms is facing vehicular homicide and lesser charges in the wreck, which killed his passenger, Mark Marquez.

In a Jan. 19 news release, New Mexico State Police said Sgt. Nathan Searle was headed north on Unser Boulevard near Mariposa in Rio Rancho when a southbound Ford sport-utility vehicle, driven by Weir, crossed into his lane and hit his vehicle.

Searle suffered broken bones, Weir was airlifted to a hospital and treated, and Marquez, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police say Weir admitted taking methamphetamine before driving, and officers found drugs in his SUV. He is facing five charges and was arrested without incident around 9:20 a.m. Jan. 19 near Isleta.

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