New Mexico: several arrested after SUVs drive into Native American parade | New Mexico

Written by Javed Iqbal

Police have arrested several people who were in a large SUV that drove through a Native American party in New Mexico, causing multiple injuries along a parade route filled with families. Two local police officers were among the injured.

Videos show the large brown vehicle hurtling down a main street in Gallup, near the Arizona border, toward the direction of the parade.

Children performing traditional dances at the parade to celebrate the city’s 100th annual inter-tribal ceremony appear to have been among the first to see the vehicle speeding towards them.

They ran to the side as people screamed and families scrambled to get out of the way.

The vehicle then veered onto a side street and into a parking lot before attempting to pull out again and hitting a police car. Officers then converge on the vehicle, pull at least two people out and handcuff them on the sidewalk.

Lt. Mark Soriano of the state police said no one was killed but could not elaborate on the extent of the injuries, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

New Mexico State Police said on Twitter that the driver was in custody.

“Several people, including two Gallup police officers, were injured and are being treated at the scene,” the tweet said.

The parade and celebration was founded in 1922 to honor Native American and indigenous heritage.

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