Three hurt in suspected DWI crash

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Wrong-way driver charged

By Martin Salazar

A wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision Monday evening, leaving three people injured.

Las Vegas police say the crash, which occurred near where New Mexico Avenue turns into Church Street, was caused by a repeat drunk driver.

Las Vegas police arrested and charged 46-year-old Petrolino Urioste, of the 1100 block of Chavez Street with felony DWI, fourth offense, three counts of causing great bodily injury, reckless driving and having an open container.

Urioste’s passenger, his brother, was severely injured in the collision and was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

The two women in the vehicle that Urioste hit were also injured and transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

Urioste was taken to Alta Vista’s emergency room also but refused all treatment, police said.

He was transported to the San Miguel County Detention center. Urioste consented to a blood test, and those results are pending.

Authorities say Urioste was traveling south in the northbound lane of New Mexico Avenue in a Dodge truck. One vehicle managed to avoid Urioste but the second one, a compact car, couldn’t avoid him.

One witness told police Urioste was speeding.