- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - An off-duty jail guard accused of causing a deadly drunk-driving crash in Rio Arriba County has resigned.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://bit.ly/V9oysH) reports that 26-year-old Justin Romero quit his job at Rio Arriba County Detention Facility on Monday.

Facility Director Larry Deyapp says Romero was initially suspended without pay.

New Mexico state police say Romero, of El Rito, drove his Ford pickup north on U.S. Highway 84 last Thursday and crossed into the southbound lane.

The pickup collided head on with another car.

Police say 23-year-old Leo Gurule of Espanola and 45-year-old Carlos Archuleta of Santa Cruz were killed.

Romero was booked into Santa Fe County jail on two felony counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol and one count of resisting an officer.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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