Woman From Sells, Arizona Facing DUI, Negligent Homicide Charges In Death Of Border Agent

If you needed a reminder not to drink and drive this holiday weekend ...

A 40-year-old woman from Sells, Arizona is facing negligent homicide, criminal damage and driving under the influence charges in connection with the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Cops said that based on field sobriety tests, it appears Angela Mata was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the accident.

The Tohono O'odham police say that Mata was driving alone in her vehicle Thursday morning along a dirt road on the reservation, about seven miles north of the U.S. border. She was coming up on Federal Route 19, but failed to stop, crashed into a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle and caused it to roll off of the road, cops said.

The fatally injured agent's name hasn't been released. Mata's injuries were not life threatening injuries.

Joseph Delgado, Chief of the Tohono O'odham Police Department, said he hopes this incident serves as a "wake-up call to everyone."

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