Impaired Driver Crashes Into Law Enforcement Academy Driving Track



On July 8 at around 2:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) investigated a DWI related crash at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) located at 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

State Police officers arrived to find Jose Jimenez (23) of Santa Fe had crashed his 2008 Nissan Altima through the fence surrounding the LEA driving track on the corner of South Meadows Road and Camino Entrada, proceeded over a large dirt berm surrounding the track, and then came to rest on the track.

The investigation indicated that before crashing through the fence, Jimenez was traveling south on Meadows Road when he crossed oncoming lanes, drove through a field on the northeast corner of South Meadows Road and Camino Entrada, crossed Camino Entrada, and then drove through the fence surrounding the LEA.

At the time of the crash, NMSP officers were teaching driving techniques to the 2019 NMSP Youth Academy and had just left the area of the track where the crash occurred.  Members of the Santa Fe Police Department Motor Team were also on the track conducting their own training. There were no injuries to officers or participants of the youth academy.

During the crash investigation, officers had reason to suspect Jimenez was driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drugs.   After a subsequent DWI investigation, Jimenez was arrested for his second offense of DWI.   He was booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center.   This case is being investigated by the NMSP with no further information available.