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Woman faces charges in accident on South Main


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A local woman has been charged with four criminal counts in an early Sunday single-vehicle accident in which she and six passengers were injured.

Chastity Ledesma (Submitted Photo)

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state Chastity Ledesma, 20, of Roswell, pleaded not guilty to one count each of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, great bodily injury; driving while license revoked; reckless driving; and failure to maintain traffic lane when she appeared Monday in Magistrate Court.

Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday at 12:10 a.m. to an accident at the intersection of South Main and the Relief Route, in which a vehicle left the road and struck a traffic light pole on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Ledesma, along with six passengers who were in the vehicle, were transported to medical facilities for injuries. Three of the passengers were flown to a hospital due to the extent of their injuries.

An eyewitness told deputies he observed the vehicle traveling southbound at a high speed when it left its lane of traffic and struck the pole, according to court documents.

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When deputies arrived they observed heavy damage to the right side of the vehicle, which was split open. A deputy also determined the traffic light pole and its concrete base were moved six inches to the south of their original location.

Ledesma, according to court documents, was extremely emotional and verbally aggressive when deputies and medical personnel arrived, and deputies detected the odor of alcohol on her breath. She told deputies when questioned that she had consumed two beers.

Under questioning, Ledesma said she was traveling south at 50 mph on Main Street before the accident. According to court documents, she also said a second vehicle was involved in the accident, although deputies did not find any evidence of that. She was later taken into custody.

Electronic court records state Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers set Ledesma’s bond Monday at $20,000 cash or surety.

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