Darwin Just Misses in New Mexico

11.26.08 | Comment?

Near Darwin Winner runs over himself in drunken flight from the law

Ah, the season for Darwin Awards is upon us and this young man nearly took the prize. However, he lived (through no fault of his own…) and that disqualifies him from the competition.

HT: Deborah – Via Yahoo News….

SANTA FE, N.M. – A 21-year-old man was accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase that finally ended with him running over himself. The man was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital and booked in to the Sandoval County detention center on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer, careless driving and two other outstanding traffic warrants.

A tip to the state’s DrunkBuster hot line Sunday afternoon alerted authorities to a possibly drunken driver. State Police Officer Grace Romero spotted the man’s pickup truck swerving across both lanes of a highway, driving slowly and then fast. He refused to stop.

After narrowly missing other vehicles, police said the suspect drove through a ditch and a barbed-wire fence before stopping. He tried to put the truck into park, but it ended up in reverse. Police said the man fell from his open door and both of his legs were run over by the front driver’s side tire.

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