Video provides details in aggravated battery case

Police footage shows Angela Yazzie's arrest after she allegedly hit two pedestrians east of Bloomfield

Hannah Grover
Angela Yazzie sits in the back of a San Juan County Sheriff's Office vehicle shortly after her arrest in connection to an alleged hit and run incident. This image is a frame taken from a Sheriff's Office dash cam video.

FARMINGTON — A Bloomfield woman who has been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly running over two pedestrians while driving a stolen car in December was previously charged with shooting at Sandoval County Sheriff's Office deputies, according to court documents.

Although the charges were dismissed, Angela Yazzie, 28, mentioned the incident when she was detained in December for questioning, according to dash camera footage obtained by The Daily Times from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

After being taken to the Sheriff's Office, Yazzie told an officer she did not want to get in trouble because she had "just got out of trouble."

The video shows her telling the officer that she had been in prison for shooting at police officers. She was accused of shooting at a Sandoval County Sheriff's Office deputy in 2014.

In the recent incident, police responded at 11:39 p.m. on Dec. 28 to the area of County Roads 4909 and 4910 east of Bloomfield after Yazzie allegedly ran over a 24-year-old man and his 24-year-old girlfriend.

The incident allegedly occurred as two people were leaving a party they had attended with Yazzie and her boyfriend. Police say the victims were intoxicated and Yazzie was also intoxicated.

At the time of her arrest, Yazzie told officers the male pedestrian hit her and she alleged he had been beating his girlfriend, according to the video footage. In the video, Yazzie told police she tried to get the girlfriend away from the man by taking her to get her nails done, but, she said, that only made the man angrier.

The videos show the man holding his girlfriend while sitting in a ditch when the officers arrived on scene. The man told officers they had been in the ditch for 30 minutes calling out for help, but nobody heard them. He told police he was also struck by Yazzie's car but he was not injured. The woman was flown to a hospital in Albuquerque. Police say she had a broken left leg, broken right arm and broken pelvis.

Yazzie was detained shortly afterwards at a nearby residence. She had several injuries, including a swollen eye, and later complained of chest pain and said she had been kicked in the chest and told not to say anything, according to the video. Sheriff's Office Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln said in an email that Yazzie had been in a fight that had occurred earlier that day and had a cut on her hand.

Yazzie was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle and child abuse. Police say she was the only one charged in the incident. In the video, Yazzie says she did not know the vehicle was stolen.

While being transported to the Sheriff's Office for questioning, Yazzie began to have problems breathing and asked for help. Lincoln said Yazzie's difficulty breathing was not related to the injuries.

Yazzie's attorney could not be reached for comment.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.