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Man in rollover had 18 beers, shot of Fireball

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Trevier Gonzalez Photo Police and first responders survey the crashed vehicle that crossed in and out of the east and westbound lanes along West Country Club Road.

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The driver involved in a vehicle rollover late Saturday night now has charges against him pending a blood test.

According to a crash report by the Roswell Police Department, on Saturday, first-responders were dispatched to the corner of West Country Club Road and North Cedar Avenue at 11:30 p.m. in reference to a sole occupant being involved in a vehicular accident with injury.

Dispatchers also advised officers that the calling party had told them that the crashed vehicle had rolled over three times.

Three minutes later, police arrived.

The only person involved in the accident was the driver, Victor Rodriguez.

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Police said Rodriguez had walked away from the scene and watched the officers looking for him.

Authorities reported to dispatchers that Rodriguez was bleeding from the head.

The Roswell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services also arrived to the incident.

By the time the Daily Record arrived, police were surveying the area, taking note of debris scattered on and on the side of the road, as well as damages to the vehicle.

Tiny bits of shattered glass were scattered along County Club Road, reflecting emergency lights from the ground.

Much of the damage sustained by the vehicle was toward the front, including a shattered windshield, bent out of frame windows and a grill almost completely ripped off the vehicle.

Rodriguez was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where he was later questioned by police.

“Mr. Rodriguez stated to officer Loya that he had 18 beers and a shot of Fireball,” an officer wrote.

According to witness testimonies given to police, Rodriguez was traveling westbound on Country Club Road, but had been crossing into the eastbound lane several times.

“(The vehicle) then accelerated to a high rate of speed and lost control,” the report read.

The posted speed limit near the corner of Country Club and North Cedar is 45 mph.

Police said Rodriguez then overcorrected himself after driving into the eastbound lane, driving off of the roadway of the westbound lane and then into to the dirt. As a result, the vehicle rolled over approximately three times.

Police observed a pill bottle with the label ripped off that contained a baggie filled with a substance consistent with marijuana.

A pill bottle of the painkiller tramadol, prescribed to a woman, was located in the rear of the vehicle.

The contents were later booked in as evidence at the RPD.

Police noted that Rodriguez was unable to provide a phone number to authorities. Asa result, the Daily Record was unable to receive an update on Rodriguez’s condition following the accident.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.