Police have arrested several people who were in a large SUV that drove through a Native American celebration in New Mexico, causing multiple injuries along a parade route crowded with families. Two local police officers were among those hurt.
Videos show the large brown vehicle speeding down a main street in Gallup, close to the border with Arizona, against the direction of the parade.
Children performing traditional dances at the parade, to celebrate the town’s 100th annual inter-tribal ceremony, appear to have been among the first to see the vehicle rushing toward them.
They ran to the side as people screamed and families scrambled to get out of the way.
The vehicle then swerved on to a side street and pulled into a parking spot before trying to pull out again, hitting a police car. Officers then converge on the vehicle, pulling at least two people out and handcuffing them on the pavement.
Lt Mark Soriano of the state police said no one was killed, but could not elaborate on the extent of the injuries, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
New Mexico state police said on Twitter the driver was in custody.
“Multiple people, including two Gallup police officers, injured and are being treated on scene,” the tweet said.
The parade and celebration were founded in 1922 to honor Native American and Indigenous heritage.
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