Suspected DUI crash in Northeast Albuquerque leaves infant seriously injured - Albuquerque Journal

Suspected DUI crash in Northeast Albuquerque leaves infant seriously injured

An infant was in critical condition at a local hospital with internal bleeding and head trauma after a suspected drunken driving crash on Saturday.

Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Chase Jewell said officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Wyoming and Marquette NE shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. He said one occupant of one of the vehicles sustained significant injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Nicole Vargas, 42, was arrested on suspicion of great bodily harm by vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs in connection with the wreck, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. The complaint says that officers responded to a t-bone crash at the intersection and noticed Vargas showed signs of impairment.

In the car that Vargas struck, a female infant, identified as AC, was dislodged from her car seat and seriously injured. She was taken to University of New Mexico, where she was in critical condition with internal bleeding and severe head trauma, according to the complaint. A driver and a passenger in that vehicle were also taken to the hospital, according to the complaint.

Vargas admitted to officers to drinking a six-pack of hard seltzer and was on the way to buy more alcohol at the time of the crash. She also performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to the complaint.

Police obtained a warrant to test her blood for alcohol.

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