- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a pre-dawn crash that injured an Albuquerque police officer (all times local):

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10:30 a.m.

Authorities say three carjacking suspects who were in a stolen vehicle that crashed into a police SUV are under investigation for a spate of violent crimes across Albuquerque in recent months.

Officer Fred Duran says investigators also linked the suspects to those arrested in the drive-by shooting death of 18-year-old Aliyah Garcia this year. Duran says the suspects have known each other for a while, however, the nature of the connection remains unclear.

Authorities say five carjacking suspects total, some juveniles, are in custody following Friday’s pre-dawn crash. Duran says the suspects’ vehicle sped through an intersection and hit a police vehicle driven by an off-duty officer.

The officer suffered broken bones. Another was checked for smoke inhalation.

They and the suspects who were treated for injuries are expected to recover.

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8:05 a.m.

Authorities in Albuquerque say five carjacking suspects are in custody following a pursuit and a crash involving a police vehicle driven by an off-duty police officer.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says the Friday morning incident began when a citizen reported being carjacked at gunpoint. The subsequent collision and crash occurred in northwest Albuquerque during a pursuit after the stolen vehicle was spotted.

Authorities say several law enforcement officers and at least four of the carjacking suspects went to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

The off-duty Albuquerque police officer whose vehicle was involved in the collision was going home at the time and was not part of the pursuit.


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