State police: Ranchos man arrested for drunk driving, ramming police cruiser


New Mexico State Police arrested 60-year-old Ranchos de Taos resident and alleged habitual DWI offender Alex Vigil for allegedly driving drunk on I-25 and ramming a state police cruiser on Tuesday (March 6).

A civilian reported Vigil as he headed northbound on Interstate 25 in a white pick-up pulling a flatbed trailer around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A state police officer responded to the call and spotted the white pick-up as it pulled into the La Bajada rest area south of Santa Fe, where she performed a traffic stop.

Before the officer could get out of her vehicle, Vigil allegedly "put his truck in reverse, accelerated, and deliberately rammed the state police car," according to a state police press release.

The officer was not injured, according to the press release, and was able to place Vigil under arrest for aggravated battery upon a peace officer, resisting a police officer and driving while intoxicated.

According to state police, the arrest marks Vigil's sixth arrest for DWI.

Officers booked Vigil in the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

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