- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico state police have identified a driver accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly crash in Rio Arriba County.

Sgt. Damyan Brown said Monday that 26-year-old Justin Romero faces two felony charges of homicide by vehicle and one charge of resisting an officer.

Authorities say Romero, of El Rito, allegedly drove his Ford pickup north on U.S. Highway 84 last Thursday and crossed into the southbound lane, hitting a car head on.

Police say 23-year-old Leo Gurule of Espanola and 45-year-old Carlos Archuleta of Santa Cruz were in the car and died at the scene.

KOAT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1jJQIj3 ) that Romero is a detention officer at Rio Arriba County jail.

Jail officials say Romero wasn’t working the day of the crash and they are conducting their own investigation.



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