- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One person was killed and three others severely injured when a suspect fleeing Albuquerque police lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a family’s SUV that was stopped at a traffic light on the city’s northwest side.

Ofimiano Herrera’s sedan landed halfway on top of the SUV, leaving firefighters to cut their way through the wreckage to get to the victims inside.

Herrera, 28, was being held Monday on a $200,000 surety bond. He was facing charges that included vehicular homicide and police say he may have been drunk at the time of the crash. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Police said it began Sunday afternoon when an officer stopped Herrera for speeding along Interstate 40. He drove off when the officer approached. Soon after he exited the interstate and went out of control while attempting to turn at a busy intersection.

An officer was stopped in the area and saw Herrera speed through the intersection and plow into the SUV, according to a criminal complaint.

Herrera tried to run from the scene, but was captured and arrested.

Investigators said that when they interviewed Herrera, he told them, “I’ve been to jail before for beating up my girlfriend. I’ll go to jail again. I don’t care.”

Police spokesman Simon Drobrik said the department offered its “deepest condolences to the family and is deeply disturbed by the blatant disregard for human life that Mr. Herrera exhibited.”

Authorities say Oscar Almeida Sr., 60, was killed in the crash. His passenger, Ana Almeida, had a fractured neck and spine and punctured liver and lung. Oscar Almeida Jr. and Kierstyn Cruz were in the back seat of the SUV - he suffered a concussion and severe cuts and bruising; she had a broken jaw and other facial injuries.

The complaint states Herrera was treated for injuries after the crash before he was booked. He agreed to a blood-alcohol test while at the hospital, and authorities say those results are pending.

According to court records, Herrera has a criminal record going back at least to 2006 when he was charged with driving while intoxicated. His rap sheet includes charges for kidnapping, child abuse, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, shoplifting, drug-related charges, probation violations and failures to appear.

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