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Man charged in fatal DWI-related crash

Zachary Jaramillo (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 24-year-old man is behind bars in connection with a head-on crash that left the other driver dead last Wednesday in Northeast Albuquerque.

Detectives say Zachary Jaramillo had been drinking before the July 1 crash. He is currently charged with vehicular homicide.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Officers responded around 2:30 a.m. to a crash at San Pedro and Paseo del Norte. Two vehicles had crashed head-on and one driver died at the scene.

The other driver, Jaramillo, told police he was driving up Paseo del Norte and crashed into the other vehicle, which was “parked on the roadway.” Officers noticed Jaramillo smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Jaramillo denied drinking but did say he smoked a joint. At first, he agreed to field sobriety tests but then “became uncooperative,” flipped off the officer and refused to follow instructions.

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