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Man pleads not guilty to charges in car accident

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The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole in east Roswell on March 27 has pleaded not guilty to several criminal counts.

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state Enrico Amaya, 31, of Roswell, pleaded not guilty to one count each of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; failure to give immediate notice of an accident; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle; and careless driving when he appeared April 2 at a hearing.

Amaya is alleged to have crashed a red Dodge pickup truck into a light pole March 27 at 2:03 a.m. in the 500 block of East Fifth Street, causing the pole to fall down in a field and lose power.

Investigators believe the vehicle left the road and traveled for five feet in the dirt before returning to the road and then back onto the curb. Because of the impact of the vehicle hitting the curb the tire broke off the pickup before it struck the light pole.

Court documents state it is believed Amaya continued driving for 37 feet before the pickup came to a halt. When police later arrived they saw the pickup facing east on the westbound side of the road.

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No injuries were reported. Police learned about the accident from a caller, who reported that the driver of the pickup, a male, was seen walking around in the area before heading westbound through an alley.

When police arrived, they did not see the driver, but soon encountered Amaya near 7th Street and Garden Avenue.

It was later learned the pickup was registered to Amaya and that Amaya had the keys on him when he was detained, according to court records. A beer was reportedly found on the passenger seat of the pickup.

Police detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Amaya, who, according to court documents, admitted to crashing the pickup.

When asked by the officer what was going on, Amaya responded that he had been having a hard week, but refused to explain further. When asked how much he had to drink, court documents state that Amaya said: “a few beers, not enough.” Amaya also refused a breathalyzer test.

Judge K.C Rogers ordered that Amaya be released on his own recognizance while awaiting trial.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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