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Artesia man ran over by car in field

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Artesia EMTs tend to a man’s injuries as he writhes in pain after allegedly being run over by a vehicle Saturday in the area of 17th Street and Grand Avenue. (Jason Watkins Photo)

By EMIL WHITIS
Daily Press Staff Writer

Artesia Police say a man was run over Saturday by someone driving what was believed to be a red Dodge Neon.

The incident occurred in a field behind a day care center just before 8 p.m. in the area of 17th Street and Grand Avenue.

When officers arrived on scene, the man was apparently lucid and able to give a statement to police.

According to Artesia Police Department (APD) Sgt. Lindell Smith, the crime was committed in the midst of a domestic dispute. Smith said the man sustained “significant, but not life-threatening, injuries.”

It was reported over the radio by the Eddy County Central Communications Authority (ECCCA) that the man suffered a broken leg.

A witness to the incident was overheard at the scene telling an officer that the victim was “trying to get away from (the driver).”
The witness declined to comment further when asked by the Daily Press for details.

The alleged driver was taken into investigative detention by officers following the incident and questioned. Police did not release the names of the victim or alleged driver.

“Officers are currently putting together the facts and securing the scene,” Smith said late Saturday.

Smith said he expects at least one felony charge will be brought in the case.

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