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Man charged in crash that killed teen driver, passenger


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New Mexico State Police have charged a man with several criminal counts — including two counts of homicide by vehicle — in a Sunday crash south of Roswell that left two people dead.

In addition to the counts of homicide by vehicle, documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state John Ensor, 33, of Roswell, was charged April 6 with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; driving while license revoked; limitations on overtaking on the left; failure to register or title a vehicle as required; and no insurance.

The District Attorney’s Office with the New Mexico 5th Judicial District Court has filed a motion to hold Ensor in pretrial detention pending trial. A hearing on the motion has been set for Monday at 2 p.m.

The two female victims, a 17-year-old driver and a 12-year-old passenger who were traveling in a 2009 Ford Focus, were killed in the crash Sunday afternoon on New Mexico Highway 2 near Crocket Yard Road. Both were from Dexter.

Court records state Ensor was traveling south in a 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada at a high rate of speed and overtaking multiple vehicles on New Mexico Highway 2. While traveling in the northbound lane and attempting to pass another vehicle, Ensor allegedly collided head-on with the 2009 Ford Focus, which caught fire.

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Ensor was later transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center after the crash to receive treatment for injuries, court documents state. State police later reportedly discovered a syringe containing a brown liquid substance on the floorboard of the Oldsmobile. After being tested by state police, court documents state the substance was identified as “a Fentanyl compound and/or methamphetamines.”

Personnel who were in the ambulance with Ensor when he was being taken to the hospital told investigators Ensor said he was in Cloudcroft earlier in the day drinking.

Investigators reportedly found the registration status of the Oldsmobile had been suspended and expired since April 2019. No insurance information on the vehicle was available, according to court filings.

Court records indicate Ensor has a prior criminal history that includes arrests for driving while under the influence of drugs; aggravated driving while under the influence, refused chemical testing; and driving while license revoked, DWI related.

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

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