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Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico

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A Pojoaque man, Jeremy Louis Tapia, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges for a fatal crash that occurred while he was being pursued by a Santa Clara tribal officer last year, U.S. Attorney Norman Bay said Jan. 11. He faces a maximum life sentence and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced in three months, Bay said in a news release. Tapia was the driver of a car being chased by a tribal officer Nov. 29. Tapia's vehicle collided with one carrying Larry and Patricia Ulibarri of El Rancho, N.M. Patricia Ulibarri, 44, was killed and her husband seriously injured. Tapia's blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent at the time of the crash on N.M. 30. That's more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in New Mexico. Court documents show Santa Clara Pueblo police chased Tapia for nearly four miles at speeds close to 100 mph. Tapia allegedly drove through two stop signs and forced several motorists off the highway.

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