FARMINGTON — New Mexico State Police said Friday that the Colorado man who died Thursday as a result of a crash on U.S. Highway 550 was at fault in the wreck.
Alden Bertroch, 67, died after he crashed his motorcycle into Mark Arnold's motorcycle when the two men were driving from Albuquerque to Farmington on Wednesday afternoon.
State Police Sgt. Micah Doering said after interviewing several witnesses, police determined the Bertroch caused the crash when he turned into Arnold's lane.
Arnold was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving because police said he had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol after the crash. Paramedics found beer and whiskey near the crash scene.
Because Bertroch was at fault, Doering said Arnold will not face more severe charges, such as vehicular manslaughter, as a result of the fatal crash.
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