Teen seriously injured leaving scene of party, police say

CNJ staff

New Mexico State Police are investigating separate crashes involving a police officer and a Clovis teen police say stem from a large party early Sunday morning.

The 18-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where police say he was in stable condition Monday.

Officer Jason Blankenship received minor injuries, state police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said.

Glascock said around midnight, state police responded to northern Curry County for a report of a large party gathered in a field. Glascock said there was alcohol present at the gathering along with numerous minors.

“As we were arriving … people started fleeing,” he said.

Glascock said Blankenship was attempting to catch some of the fleeing vehicles, made minor contact with two and lost control as he entered a series of curves on Curry Road C, about a half-mile north of Curry Road 23.

Blankenship’s vehicle crashed into an embankment.

About four minutes after everyone scattered and seven miles from the scene, Glascock said the teen lost control and rolled his 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Glascock said the teen driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was seriously injured.

A 15-year-old female passenger was treated and released from Plains Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, he said.

“We’ve gathered during the investigation they had been at the party (but) the exact point at which he (the 18-year-old) left has not been positively determined,” Glascock said.

Glascock said no charges are filed yet, but both crashes remain under investigation.