Man ID'd by LAPD in traffic incident

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By The Staff

Los Alamos police have identified the man whom they believe may have been the culprit in a traffic incident where it was reported a vehicle was driving on Main Hill Road in the wrong direction Thursday.
Marcos Ortiz, 44, of Santa Fe, was the driver identified by Los Alamos police. According to LAPD, Santa Fe County’s sheriff’s office is investigating the incident as well, concerning parts of the alleged incident that occurred in Santa Fe County.
According to the LAPD, a vehicle was traveling down the wrong lane down the Main Hill. Initially, the vehicle was observed by LAPD Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.
Police received a report that a pedestrian was struck just inside county lines. During the alleged incident, three other vehicles were reported to have either been struck or had crashed as a result of trying to avoid the vehicle headed in the wrong direction.
Ortiz was charged with numerous counts related to the incident. Among those were reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated DWI, having an open container in a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other violations.