Heroin use leads to head-on collision

SAFFORD –  A Safford man is facing charges of aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated assault after smashing his vehicle head-on into another while reportedly passing out from heroin use.

The incident occurred Saturday, March 7, on 8th Avenue at 11th Street. Nathan Navarrete reportedly admitted to injecting himself with heroin and then driving. While under the influence, his vehicle veered into the oncoming lane, striking another vehicle and causing minor injuries that vehicle’s driver.

Navarrete reportedly said he didn’t remember the incident, and that he must have been “on the nod” when the crash occurred.

Navarrete had two previous DUIs in the past 84 months, making this incident aggravated, and because of his impaired situation, his vehicle was considered a deadly weapon in the crash.

The case was forwarded to the Graham County Attorney’s Office for review of charges.