Man killed in suspected drunken driving crash in New Mexico

Gallup, New Mexico (AP) 6-08

A Yahtahey man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of his passenger.

The Gallup Herald reports that 27-year-old Sherman Chee was being held May 31 without bond at the McKinley County Detention Center.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mumford says Chee had been speeding on the frontage road of Interstate 40 when he missed a curve and drove into a fence.

Mumford says the crash sent a pole through the vehicle’s windshield and into the chest of an American Indian man in his 20s. Authorities, who haven’t identified the man, say he died a short time later.

Sheriff’s deputies say a 30-pack of beer was found in the truck Chee was driving, along with 15 empty cans.

Authorities say Chee had an outstanding arrest warrant for driving on a suspended or revoked license.