15 Injured After SUV Plows Through Native American Parade

Several people were injured after a vehicle drove through a ceremonial parade in Gallup, New Mexico on Thursday.

Videos posted on social media show a brown SUV plowing through the annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade.

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The vehicle was seen driving onto a side street and pulling into a parking spot before trying to pull out again, hitting a police car.

Officers then gathered at the scene and pulled at least two people out of the vehicle before handcuffing them.

Two Gallup Police Department officers were among those injured and were treated for their injuries.

The driver, Jeff Irving, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged with drunk driving.

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According to police, his blood alcohol level was found to be 0.24, three times the legal limit.

Irving was reportedly watching the parade with his brothers before they decided to leave.

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Irving’s license had been revoked or suspended for another DWI arrest and the SUV had no registration or insurance, according to police.

New Mexico State Police stated that investigators have no reason to believe the crime was motivated by hate and no one was killed.

The other two passengers were detained and taken to a detox center in Gallup, reported AP News.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and his family were with those almost hit at the pride. “It’s supposed to be a celebration, but today it was a difficult time for us,” he said.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial event.


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