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Man arrested for striking several people in Gallup parade had previous DWI; hate not suspected as motive

UPDATE: New Mexico State Police say there is no reason to suspect a man driving into a parade in Gallup was motivated by hate. Police add there were no shots fired during the incident, and they denied reports circulating on social media regarding fatalities.

Police arrested 33-year-old Jeff Kenn Irving, or Pinedale. Investigators say officers received reports of people drinking inside a truck parked along the parade route around 7:50 p.m. Thursday.

As officers approached the truck, the driver, identified as Irving, took off. Two officers attempted to stop the driver but were unsuccessful and injured as a result.

State Police say the truck continued toward parade participants as officers attempted to move spectators out of harm's way.

State Police say Irving eventually struck a parked car as officers moved in. Three people in the truck, including Irving, were taken into custody.

Irving was charged with multiple offenses, including aggravated DWI, his second offense, according to officials.

A 23-year-old man and a 29-year-old man were taken to the Gallup Detox Center.

Fifteen people were taken to area hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, including the two officers who initially tried to stop the truck.

GALLUP, New Mexico -- An SUV barreled through crowds at a parade Thursday evening in Gallup, New Mexico.

Officials said the vehicle drove down the route where people were celebrating Gallup's Inter-Tribal ceremonial parade. According to police, multiple people, including two officers, were injured.

The extent of the injuries wasn't immediately clear, but police say the victims were all treated at the scene. The driver and others in the vehicle were taken into custody. Officials said early reports of shots fired were unfounded.

According to the Navajo Nation Council, no weapons were found in the vehicle.

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Noelia Gonzalez

KVIA ABC-7 Good Morning El Paso Producer


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