ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A jury found that a Bernalillo County deputy who briefly chased a drunken driver was not to blame for a deadly crash that took place moments after she ended pursuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reported ( ) Wednesday that Deputy Judy Galloway initiated a pursuit after Steven Trujillo, who was driving a truck that had been involved in an earlier wreck, rolled through a stop sign.

When Galloway and her supervisor learned that the truck was only involved in misdemeanor incidents, she stopped the chase. But seconds later, Trujillo slammed into a vehicle carrying nine people — killing two and injuring others.

Trujillo was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest in November to two counts of vehicular homicide and lesser charges connected to the wreck.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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