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Crash at Puerco and Hwy. 66

Gallup police officers were called to South Puerco and Highway 66 at 5:08 pm Sept. 23 to investigate a car crash which involved a white Dodge Durango that had crashed into a lightpole.

Upon their arrival officers saw the Durango on Highway 66 and a red Chevrolet Camaro parked in a city lot just north of the highway. The Camaro was determined to be the vehicle that caused the crash.

GPD Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo told the Sun that the Durango had been headed westbound on Highway 66 when the Camaro was headed eastbound on the same roadway.  The Camaro made a left turn into the Gallup Cultural Center parking lot. In making the turn, the Camaro hit the left rear paneling of the Durango.  The collision caused the Durango to make a 360 degree turn, cross all lanes of traffic into the eastbound lane, and hit a lightpole.

The driver of the Camaro, DeWayne Paquin, 51, of Gallup, was cited for failure to yield.

The driver of the Durango, Ricky Peterson, 33, of Tseyatoh, N.M., was arrested for DWI and having an open container in a motor vehicle.

No injuries were reported.