Patrolman Manuel Olivas

Patrolman Manuel Olivas

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, February 1, 1985

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Manuel Olivas

Patrolman Manuel Olivas was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating an earlier accident on I-25 near the Pecos River Bridge in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

He was struck while taking measurements at the accident scene. The suspect continued driving but was later arrested during a police search of the area. The man was charged with vehicular homicide.

Patrolman Olivas had been in law enforcement for seven years. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter. His wife gave birth to his son only three months after his death.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with vehicular homicide

accident scene, drunk driver

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Dad, I don’t forget about you and I don’t forget about mom. Help me guide my son and help me with my family. Pray for me up there. I know you’re watching. Thank you. Unfortunately, I fell short being able to wear the uniform that you once wore but only God says he has his reasons so I trust Him. Life is overwhelming and my prayers are deep so with one deep breath i give my prayers. I love you! DAD…MOM!…I LOVE YOU TOO AND I MISS YOU!!!

Manuel Olivas Jr

February 1, 2024

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