Published: 2:22 pm, Wed. Mar. 8th, 2017Updated: 2:21 pm
A trial date has been set in the case of an Artesia man involved in a July 2016 wreck that left a family of six injured.
Blake Bollema, 31, was bound over to Fifth Judicial District Court in November 2016 on charges of misdemeanor aggravated DWI (second offense), seven third-degree-felony counts of great bodily harm by vehicle, fourth-degree-felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm or death and failure to give information and render aid, and petty misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and stopping or yielding at an intersection.
His jury trial date has been set for April 3 in Carlsbad.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m. July 1 on U.S. 285 near the 13th Street intersection. Bollema, who was travelling north on 13th in a pickup truck, failed to stop at the intersection, colliding with a SUV heading south on 285.
The wreck resulted in injuries of varying severity to a family of six. Three of the occupants were treated at Artesia General Hospital and released, while three more – the mother, a 5-year-old boy, and an 8-year-old girl – were airlifted to Lubbock, Texas, the girl with critical injuries. She remained in the hospital for several weeks before being released.
Bollema initially fled the scene but returned approximately one hour later, according to the New Mexico State Police. Bollema allegedly stated he left to seek aid for a passenger in his truck, who had remained at the scene.
Officers say they noted the scent of alcohol on Bollema’s breath and obvious signs of impairment. Bollema refused field sobriety tests at the scene and, following his arrest, also refused to submit to breath or blood tests. The NMSP obtained a search warrant to collect a blood sample.
Court records show charges of aggravated DWI (first offense) against Bollema were dismissed by the prosecution on Sept. 4, 2007. Bollema was charged, however, with DUI (first offense) and ordered Dec. 26, 2007, to complete six months of probation and DWI School.