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DWI charge for man who crashed into abandoned house

SANTA FE, N.M. — A police pursuit Thursday afternoon in north Santa Fe County led to the hospitalization of a county resident after his car ran off the roadway and crashed into an abandoned, vacant adobe house.

Michael Herrera, 38, was injured and taken to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center and is expected to be summoned to court later, said Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Maj. Ken Johnson.

Herrera has three DWI convictions and will be charged with felony DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a revoked license and aggravated fleeing from an officer, said Johnson.

Online court records also indicate Herrera was found guilty with no contest pleas to breaking and entering in 1998, and to assault on a peace officer and reckless driving in 2009.

According to Johnson, authorities got a call at about 1 p.m. of a reckless driver in a white Toyota Camry on County Road 84 in the El Rancho area.

A short time later, they received a call of a hit-and-run accident involving a similar vehicle that had hit some mail boxes. A deputy located the car parked along the side of CR 84 near the old Roybal Store.

The Toyota took off and was pursued by a deputy who had engaged lights and siren for about one mile at speeds of around 40 mph. “The vehicle was all over the road,” said Johnson. It failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway, and crashed through a fence and into the adobe house, which was damaged.

Herrera was transported to the hospital by ambulance at around 2 p.m.