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Santa Fe man arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after crash

March 5, 2019

After crashing into a pole on Cerrillos Road south of St. Michael’s Drive, a Santa Fe man blamed another driver for the wreck and threatened to kill him with a pocket knife, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

Police arrested Jose Amparan, 19, on suspicion of aggravated assault, careless driving and driving without a license, the complaint says.

Amparan told police he was traveling in outside lane on Saturday when another driver suddenly switched lanes without using a turn signal, causing Amparan to swerve and hit the pole, according to the complaint.

The victim told police that after he saw the wreck, he went to make sure everyone in the other car was alright and that Amparan became “very upset,” pointed a knife at him and kicked him in the testicles, the complaint says.

Amparan told the victim that his girlfriend, who was in the car at the time of the crash, was pregnant and that “if anything happened to the child as a result of the crash,” he would kill the him, the complaint states. Amparan later told police he made the threat because the victim was “too close” to his girlfriend.

Amparan was booked into the Santa Fe County jail, where he was being held Monday in lieu of bond.