A man who drove his car into a semitrailer Sunday on Interstate 25 told a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy he had fallen asleep at the wheel after smoking marijuana, an incident report says.

Deputies responded at 4:56 a.m. Sunday to a report of a car swerving under a semitrailer on a northbound lane of I-25 near the Cochiti exit.

Benjamin Espinoza, who suffered a broken neck, was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. No one else was injured.

Espinoza, who is staying with his sister in Rio Rancho, was arrested but not taken into custody because his broken neck required that he be hospitalized, the report said. He was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

While he was being treated on a gurney at the scene, Espinoza told deputies he had ingested marijuana before driving and pulled over on the side of the freeway to take a nap, the report said.

After he resumed driving, he fell asleep at the wheel, then veered into a semitrailer traveling in an adjacent lane — but he doesn’t remember the crash, the report said.

(5) comments

Spencer Ralston

Blaming the weed instead of the drivers? Give me a break. And, imo, this year’s Darwin Award should go to the antivaxxers.

Khal Spencer

Its the drivers smoking the weed, Mr. Ralston. Seems no different than DWI to me. If weed is as legal as alcohol, we can expect more of this.

Andrew Lucero

Sadly, this will become a very common event... The only reason I didn't support legalization is because we have demonstrated time and time again that we can't even drink responsibly in our state... Now we are adding marijuana to that mix. So yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

Khal Spencer

Legalization will result in more of these Darwin Award stories. Sigh.

Brad Doubles

One of many such stories we will be seeing more of. This guy almost got himself a Darwin award...runner up for sure.

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