La Plata Highway and West Main Street while he was fleeing from police.FARMINGTON — A suspected drunken driver was killed after he caused a crash Thursday evening at
Around 5 p.m., Ladell Light, 37, ran a red light at the intersection and crashed into a truck turning north onto La Plata Highway, according to a Farmington police news release. Police were chasing Light at the time that he crashed.
Light suffered head trauma and a broken pelvis and was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. at San Juan Regional Medical Center.
Three passengers in the truck were all taken to the hospital and treated for minor injures, said Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy.
Minutes before the crash, a Farmington police officer approached Light at a gas station at 727 W. Broadway Blvd. Someone had called police and said a person matching Light's description appeared to be driving intoxicated, said Farmington police Cpl. Soren Nielson.
The officer tried to restrain Light but he fought the officer off. The officer shot Light with a Taser, but it wasn't effective, and Light got back in his vehicle and drove onto Broadway, police said.
Light drove west at a high speed, and he veered into oncoming traffic, almost causing several wrecks, according to the news release. Light sideswiped one car before he crashed.
Light was driving a brown Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and he collided into a GMC pickup truck. While Light's vehicle was spinning, it also hit a black truck. No one in the truck was hurt, police said.
The officer who approached Light at the gas station said he appeared to be intoxicated. Police could not release the results of Light's blood-alcohol test Thursday night.
After the wreck, the fronts of both vehicles were mangled, and debris was scattered on the street.
Traffic on both sides of the crash was backed up for more than an hour and a half as police investigated.
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