Woman charged in Bloomfield hit-and-run

Police: Albuquerque woman struck boyfriend with vehicle

Steve Garrison
Allyssa Yazzie

FARMINGTON – A 28-year-old Albuquerque woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion she ran her boyfriend over with a vehicle while intoxicated in the 1000 block of Mangum Road in Bloomfield.

Irwin Dawes told Bloomfield police officers Allyssa Yazzie ran him over with her white Hyundai Sonata at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and fled west in the vehicle on Mangum Road, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Dawes, 25, was treated at the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

An officer stopped the suspect vehicle at 900 Mangum Road, the affidavit states. Yazzie had blood on her pants and arm, which she told the officer came from a fight with her boyfriend. The officer noticed blood on the vehicle's dented hood, and handprints were smeared across on the windshield, the affidavit states.

Yazzie was arrested at the scene and initially refused to perform a breath test, according to the affidavit. She later agreed to perform the test at the Bloomfield Police Department and registered a 0.14 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in New Mexico is 0.08 BAC.

Bloomfield police Chief Randy Foster said Friday the couple got in an argument before Yazzie fled in the vehicle, but he was not sure of the specifics.

"I'm not sure they identified any one thing that was the issue," he said.

Yazzie was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery against a household member and aggravated drunken driving, a first offense.

Yazzie has not hired an attorney or been appointed one by the state, according to court records.

She was being held on a $11,050 bond, records state.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.