Mihdi Bathke, 32, of Farmington is facing a drug-related DUI charge and other possible charges for driving his Ford F-250 truck into the rear of a silver Kia Sol containing four people at around 1:27 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Country Club Drive and East Main Street, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.
The occupants of the Kia Sol, who were not identified by police, suffered injuries when the truck pushed their vehicle into another vehicle.
The 32-year-old driver of the Kia Sol suffered a broken back while an unconscious 7-year-old boy was extracted from the vehicle and flown to the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque. Farmington Police Lt. Taft Tracy said the boy was in serious condition but had no other details.
A 31-year-old female passenger suffered a broken arm and an 11-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.
According to the press release, witnesses stated Bathke was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Main Street as he switched lanes and hit the Kia Sol sitting at a red light.
Bathke complained of head pain after his truck pushed the KIA Sol about 100 feet and he drove his truck off the south side of the road and down an embankment.
Tracy said from the scene that there were indications Bathke's impaired driving might have been drug-related. Bathke could face additional charges pending further investigation.