LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after crashing an expensive sports car into a New Mexico business, causing some serious damage.
While police said speed was definitely a factor, they say so was alcohol and drugs.
Early Saturday morning, Lovington police got several calls about a driver speeding in a Corvette, almost running people off the road on northbound Highway 82.
When they tried to stop the driver, 22-year-old Elias Ornelas, they say he fled.
Seconds later, an officer clocked Ornelas going 85 mph in a 45 mph zone just before he left the road and crashed right into a hydraulic business off Commercial Street.
“He slid or spun approximately 962 feet before he impacted the building,” said Lovington Police Det. David Miranda.
Ornelas was taken to a local hospital.
During questioning, Ornelas told police after work he had “a couple beers” at an Applebee’s, shots of tequila at a bar and a couple drinks at a party in Hobbs, N.M. before he got behind the wheel.
Police say he told them when he saw the officer’s lights he thought, “I can outrun him.”
“When I got here I was in total shock,” said Kenny Wallace, CEO of D & L Meters, the business that was damaged. Wallace says it could cost him up to $500,000 to fix the damage.
“We had an adjustor in here along with a building contractor and they both pretty much agreed it’s going to have to be completely tore down and re-built,” said Wallace.
Any other day, his workers would’ve been in Ornelas’ path. He said it’s a miracle no one involved was killed.
“A building can always be replaced. Kind of inconvenient right now but we’re going to be just fine, everything is fine,” said Wallace.
Ornelas blew a .21. Officials said his blood tested positive for the presence of marijuana and cocaine.
He was also driving on a revoked license and was supposed to have an interlock because this is his second DUI.
KRQE News 13 is told the Corvette wasn’t even his — he was borrowing it from a friend.