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Man arrested in crash that killed teen driver, passenger

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The suspect in an Easter Sunday two-vehicle collision that left two sisters dead has been located and arrested.

John Ensor (Submitted Photo)

New Mexico State Police officers arrested John Ensor, 33, of Roswell, on an outstanding arrest warrant after locating him at a residence on South Hobson Road, south of Roswell, according to a press release issued Wednesday by state police.

“Ensor was taken into custody without incident,” the press release states.

According to a daily report listing new inmates, Ensor was booked Tuesday at 12:29 a.m. at the Chaves County Detention Center.

The apprehension of Ensor came a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on two counts of homicide by vehicle, as well as 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.

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A pretrial detention hearing, concurrent preliminary hearing and arraignment of Ensor are scheduled for Friday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

Court records state that Ensor, on the afternoon of April 4, was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed in a 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada and passing other vehicles on New Mexico Highway 2 near Crockett Road in Chaves County, when he collided head-on with a 2009 Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old girl from Dexter. The 17-year-old driver and her 12-year-old sister, who was a passenger in the vehicle, both died.

Ensor was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where he was treated for injuries and then released Monday from the hospital.

According to court filings, state police, when examining the scene, discovered a syringe on the floorboard of the Oldsmobile containing a substance later identified as “a Fentanyl compound and/or methamphetamines.”

State police later learned from staff in the ambulance transporting Ensor to the hospital that he said he was also drinking earlier in the day. Investigators found the registration on the Oldsmobile had been suspended since April 2019. No insurance information on the vehicle could be found.

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

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