FARMINGTON — The man who on Wednesday crashed his truck into an SUV has been charged with aggravated drunken driving.
Steven Jones, 23, of Waterflow, is accused of crashing his Chevrolet truck into a Ford Escape SUV at Piñon Hills Boulevard and Butler Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. The SUV rolled over, and police say Jones fled the scene, heading west on Piñon Hills.
A few minutes later, nearly 2,000 feet west of the street's intersection with North Dustin Avenue, Jones struck a guard rail, began rolling and eventually settled on top of the rail, said Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy.
This marks Jones' third drunken driving charge. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to drunken driving, and, in 2013, he pleaded no contest to the same charge, according to court records.
The latest charge is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of 364 days, 90 of those mandatory, in jail, Taft said.
Jones has also been charged with leaving the scene of the crash and failure to provide aid to the driver of the SUV, a misdemeanor that carries up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The driver of the SUV had minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital, Tracy said.
Jones, who was wearing his seatbelt, had to be cut out of his truck. He was driven by ambulance to San Juan Regional Medical Center, and he has since been released from the hospital.