Drunken driver runs over NM ranger's leg

The federal officer was not seriously injured despite being run over by a man driving a truck who'd been spotted drinking


Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. — A suspected drunken driver is facing charges after authorities say he ran over a federal officer's leg while trying to avoid arrest in Farmington, N.M.

The Farmington Daily-Times reports 21-year-old Charles Palmer was arrested this week on suspicion of driving while intoxicated follow the encounter with a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger.

Court documents allege BLM Ranger Cole Blevins tried to stop Palmer on Saturday after spotting a group of young adults drinking. The documents say Palmer started a vehicle, and Blevins grabbed onto him from outside and held onto him as he drove away.

When Blevins let go, authorities say his left leg was run over by the truck. He was not seriously injured.

The BLM hasn't decided if it will file federal charges against Palmer.

It was unclear if Palmer had an attorney.

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