- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A state police officer has been discharged from a hospital after being struck by a suspected drunken driver while conducting a traffic stop in southeastern New Mexico.

According to state police, Officer Carlos Verdugo was in his patrol car near an intersection in Hobbs on Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Jason Allred.

Verdugo was initially reported to be in critical condition at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, but state police say he later was discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home for an undetermined amount of time.

The woman stopped by Verdugo had non-life-threatening injuries.

Allred is facing two aggravated DWI charges and one count each of reckless driving and great bodily harm by vehicle.

Verdugo has been with the department for about 18 months.


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