PICTURED: 'Drunk' SUV driver, 33, who was arrested after he plowed through New Mexico heritage parade group, injuring 15 people, including two cops

  • Jeff Irving, 33, was charged with driving while intoxicated after he plowed through Native American parade in Gallup, New Mexico on Thursday
  • He injured 15 people, including two police officers
  • Irving was seen drinking in his car along with two other people, and pulled away as officers approached him 
  • Two people who were in the car with Irving have not been charged

A 33-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated through a Native American parade in New Mexico on Thursday evening, injuring 15 people, including two police officers.

Jeff Irving was driving with a revoked license due to a previous driving-while-intoxicated offense and faces several charges related to Thursday's incident, which took place in Gallup, news station KOB 4 reported, citing a criminal complaint against the suspect.

Among those injured in the incident were two Gallup police officers, New Mexico State Police said in a tweet.

Police did not say whether they suspected Irving of intentionally running into people or whether they think he was impaired and unaware they were there. 

Jeff Irving, 33, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated through a Native American parade in New Mexico on Thursday evening, injuring 15 people, including two police officers

At least 15 people were injured in Thursday night's parade. Pictured: A girl is treated with oxygen after being injured

At least 15 people were injured in Thursday night's parade. Pictured: A girl is treated with oxygen after being j

Two police officers were among the injured, including  Officer Ramon Perez (pictured) who was treated for shock at the scene

Two police officers were among the injured, including  Officer Ramon Perez (pictured) who was treated for shock at the scene

The gold-colored SUV ploughed into bystanders at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration in the town of Gallup, New Mexico Thursday

The gold-colored SUV ploughed into bystanders at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration in the town of Gallup, New Mexico Thursday

Local police were immediately on the car after it crashed to a halt, pulling out the passengers and drivers and arresting them

Local police were immediately on the car after it crashed to a halt, pulling out the passengers and drivers and arresting them

Videos taken by bystanders showed a large brown sports utility vehicle drive at high speed through the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial parade as dancers and onlookers scattered.

Police and city officials did not immediately respond to request for additional comment. 

Photos from local journlaist Sharon Chischilly show the aftermath, with law enforcement officers on the scene and emergency medical personnel treating the injured.

During the parade, Gallup Police officers received a report of multiple people drinking alcohol in a vehicle parked near the parade route, according to a statement from the City of Gallup. 

When officers made contact, the driver pulled away, striking 'officers, pedestrians, vehicles and a business.' Two passengers in the car with Irving have not been charged. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and his family were among those almost hit as a large SUV drove through a Native American parade in western New Mexico, causing multiple injuries. 

Nez said the vehicle was coming at him and a group of tribal officials who were walking in the parade. He thanked people for their quick action.

'We just ask for your prayers for all of the participants,' Nez said in a video posted on social media. 

'We're all shook up. You would see this on television, you would think it would never happen here. I'm sorry to say it happened here in Gallup, New Mexico.'

Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration
Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration

Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration, which started in 1922, was disrupted by a speeding SUV that hit crowds

'The Navajo Nation stands with resilience against any acts of violence and sends prayers of protection to those affected,' they said in a statement on Facebook. 

'This was a traumatic and triggering event for many, especially for our youth, elders, and our veterans who acted quickly.' 

Hundreds of people were enjoying the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration, an 11-day event celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The event website describes it as Native American & Indigenous Tribal Processions & Performance Showcases, with events such as rodeos, pageants, Navajo song and dance and a 5km run.   

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Man, 33, arrested for driving drunk through New Mexico parade

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