FARMINGTON — A Farmington police officer was injured after he was in a car crash with a suspected impaired driver Wednesday morning.
Officer Tyler Brown was involved in a crash at 3:42 a.m. Wednesday at East Main Street and Butler Avenue, Lt. Taft Tracy said. Brown was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Tracy said Brown, who has worked as a Farmington police officer for three years and was on duty at the time of the crash, suffered a laceration to his head and is not expected to miss work because of the crash.
Cody Olachea, a 25 year old Farmington man, and his passenger, Deseree Trujillo, a 21 year old Aztec woman, were also taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries.
Emergency Medical Service units had to use the Jaws of Life to remove Olachea and Trujillo from their vehicle.
Olachea has been arrested for suspicion of DWI, Tracy said.
Farmington police turned over the crash investigation to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office because it involved a police officer.
Brown was traveling west on Main when he drove through a green light at Butler, Beth Utley, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said in a news release.
Olachea, driving north, ran a red light and Brown struck Olachea's two-door car on the passenger side. The collision caused significant damage to both vehicles.
Trujillo remained in critical condition at the hospital on Wednesday morning, Utley said.
Utley said Olachea showed signs of impairment and was charged with great bodily harm by motor vehicle, a third-degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor traffic citation for running a red light.
His toxicology results are pending.