Santa Fe, New Mexico — November 4, 2011
An officer with the Santa Fe Police Department was injured Friday morning when a suspect rammed his police cruiser.
According to the Santa Fe Police Department, officer Matt Martinez attempted to serve a warrant for probation violations against 20-year-old Taylor Dimas around 10:55 a.m. Friday. As Mr. Martinez approached Mr. Dimas, on Camino Artesano in the southwest part of the city, the suspect responded with aggression.
Investigators say Mr. Dimas intentionally struck the police vehicle with his white 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck. Mr. Martinez injured his neck and thumb in the crash.
Mr. Dimas, meanwhile, sustained a laceration to the right side of his face. A female passenger in the pickup, 17, escaped with only minor injuries.
Prosecutors are seeking charges of fleeing law enforcement, battery with a deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia against Mr. Dimas. Reports indicate that Mr. Dimas is the son of Santa Fe Police Officer Mike Dimas.
Santa Fe County ranks third in the state for the number of accidents. Of the 46,441 crashes that occurred in 2008, 3,763 took place in Santa Fe County, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
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