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A driver who “faked her own kidnapping” has been charged with murder after a police officer and firefighter were killed in a five-car pile-up while chasing her

A DRIVER who allegedly faked her own kidnapping has been charged with murder after a police officer and firefighter were killed in a five-car pile-up while searching for her.

Jeannine Jaramillo has been charged with murder after police officer Robert Duran, 43, and fire department veteran Frank Lovato, 62, died in a crash last week.

Jeannine Jaramillo has been charged with murder after the fatal crash

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Jeannine Jaramillo has been charged with murder after the fatal crashPhoto credit: Sante Fe Police
The crash happened near Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wednesday

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The crash happened near Santa Fe, New Mexico on WednesdayCredit: AP

The 46-year-old Albuquerque woman has been charged with murder after leading authorities on a high-speed chase near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Police said it was determined that Jaramillo had fabricated a kidnapping story before police followed her as she was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 25 Wednesday

Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said at a news conference over the weekend that the woman faces life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Carmack-Altwies said: “Jaramillo was driving a stolen vehicle and she caused the collision that killed Mr. Duran and Mr. Lovato.

“Jeannine Jaramillo faces first-degree murder charges.”

The New Mexico State Police announced at the press conference that Jaramillo has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The new mexican reports.

Police said Jaramillo was arrested Saturday afterward Evidence confirmed she was the only person in a stolen vehicle at the time of the fatal crash on Wednesday.

In a press release, police said: “State Police have learned that Santa Fe Police Officers initiated the pursuit using a white Chevrolet Malibu near Sawmill Road and St. Francis Drive.

“The pursuit continued up to Interstate 25 where the suspect was driving the wrong direction and traveling south on the north lanes of Interstate 25.”

The accident, which occurred near Milestone 286, involved at least five vehicles, “two Santa Fe, Malibu Police Department patrol units, two uninvolved vehicles, a pickup truck and a blue car,” police said.

Both the police officer and the experienced firefighter were pronounced dead at the scene.

Before authorities charged Jaramillo, the woman spoke to KOB 4 about how she was allegedly kidnapped ahead of police pursuit.

Speak with COB 4Jaramillo claimed a gunman held them at the knife point before they got into a vehicle.

Describing what happened after the accident, she told the news outlet: “I crawled out the driver’s side window, I fell on the ground and I looked up and there were the police and I just ran for my life screaming for help me.

“I’m crying, I was hysterical, I was in shock.”

She claimed a man named Mark Lopez, someone who investigators determined was not involved, fled the car after the accident.

Police said Saturday: “Jaramillo’s DNA standards were submitted along with the driver’s airbag from the stolen Malibu to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for comparison.

“The Crime Lab report concluded that the main DNA profile on the airbag matched Jeannine Jaramillo’s DNA profile.”

Jaramillo was booked into the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center on Saturday.

After her arrest, New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson said the community was “safer” now.

He added: “Your actions put the entire public at risk and cost the lives of two dedicated officers.

“I hope that holding them accountable brings some closure to Officer Duran and Frank Lovato’s family.”

Veteran firefighter Frank Lovato was killed in the crash

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Veteran firefighter Frank Lovato was killed in the crashPhoto credit: Las Vegas Fire Department
Police officer Robert Duran, 43, was also killed

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Police officer Robert Duran, 43, was also killedPhoto credit: Sante Fe Police Department

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