Alcohol suspected in crash

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Motorcyclist airlifted to Albuquerque hospital

By Martin Salazar

A 31-year-old Albuquerque man was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque after he crashed his motorcycle on North Grand Avenue early Sunday morning.

Las Vegas police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

Damian Prieto, whose address is listed as being on the 2400 block of Dorothy Street NE in Albuquerque, sustained head trauma and other severe injuries, police say. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

According to a police report:

An officer was dispatched to the 2500 block of North Grand Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday. When the officer arrived he found Prieto lying on the side of the road. Prieto was bleeding from his head and was semi-conscious but was unable to explain what happened. Prieto smelled of alcohol.

His motorcycle was found 98 feet north of him. The motorcycle sustained heavy damage to the front and right side and had to be towed from the scene.

Prieto was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where an officer was able to interview him.

He told police he was going a “little too fast” when he lost control of his motorcycle. He also told the officer that he had just left Dick’s bar before the crash occurred. His cousin told police that Prieto had consumed alcohol earlier in the day at the Mora Fiestas.

Prieto was read the New Mexico Implied Consent Act Advisory, and he refused to provide a blood sample. He is being summoned into San Miguel County Magistrate Court to answer to the charges of aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, second offense; reckless driving and not having proof of insurance.

Based on their investigation, police determined that Prieto was speeding and lost control of the vehicle in the northbound lane on North Grand Avenue, in front of the Comfort Inn. Police say alcohol may have impaired him from safely and properly operating his motorcycle.