FARMINGTON — A 5-year-old was injured in a suspected drunken driving crash in Farmington on Thursday afternoon.
The girl was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center and later flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Her name was not released.
The girl was in stable condition and being cared for at UNMH on Friday afternoon, said Georgette Allen, a Farmington police spokeswoman.
Danielle Martin, 22, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and causing her daughter's injuries. Martin was driving west on 20th Street at 3 p.m. on Thursday. She drove off the road near Santiago Avenue, according to a Farmington police news release.
Martin's daughter was riding in the front seat, and the airbag hit her in the face, according to the release. Police said the child was not properly restrained, according to a news release.
Martin was treated and released from the San Juan Regional Medical Center. She was then arrested and booked into jail. She was charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, which is a first-degree felony; great bodily harm by motor vehicle, which is a third-degree felony; and careless driving.
She is being held on a $70,350 bond, according to police.
Allen said police and paramedics smelled alcohol on Martin at the crash. Martin's blood-alcohol-concentration test at the hospital measured .16, which is twice the legal limit for operating a vehicle.
Allen said the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department has taken custody of the child.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.