Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022

New Mexico: several arrested after SUV drives into Native American parade

New Mexico: several arrested after SUV drives into Native American parade


New Mexico: several arrested after SUV drives into Native American parade

Police have arrested several people who were in a large SUV that drove through a Native American celebration in New Mexico, causing multiple injuries along a parade route crowded with families. Two local police officers were among those hurt.

The Navajo Nation president, Jonathan Nez, and his family were among those almost hit as a large car drove barreled through.

Police took the driver into custody on Thursday evening but have yet to release details about why the vehicle was speeding through downtown Gallup as thousands of people lined the parade route, although a 33-year-old man who was arrested was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Many captured the chaotic scene on video. People were yelling for others to get out of the way while some pushed paradegoers to safety.

Children performing traditional dances appear to have been among the first to see it rushing toward them. They can be seen running to the side as people scream and families scramble to get out of the way.

Blankets, shoes, banners and umbrellas were left strewn along the street and on the sidewalks as people fled.

Nez said the vehicle was coming at him and a group of tribal officials who were walking in the parade. He thanked people for their quick action.

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