Suspected drunk driver runs into wall, parked cars
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police said a man was drunk in the middle of the day, driving his vehicle through yards, walls, and ramming into parked cars.
Witnesses said the man crashed into a wall, fixed a piece of his Jeep, then got back behind the wheel and kept going. However, police said someone started following him and called police.
“He was going so fast, and I thought you know there’s no way he’s going to make that corner, so he slammed on his brakes again,” recalled Juanita McGowen, who witnessed the crash unfold in front of her home.
McGowen heard the commotion through her kitchen window just before noon on Sunday. She said a driver going maybe 70 mph, took the corner in her northeast Albuquerque neighborhood, crashed into yards, and took out a cinderblock wall.
“When I got outside, the vehicle had stopped and there was a huge cloud of dust which I thought possibly could have been a fire,” said McGowen.
McGowen said the driver’s hood had popped up, so he got out, slammed the hood back down, and got back behind the wheel.
“And then boy, he put the pedal to the metal again and he was down and he turned the corner as fast as he could, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this has just happened.’ What a mess,” said McGowen.
Albuquerque police said a witness started following the driver and called police as they watched him run into parked cars near San Pedro and Montgomery Boulevard.
Officers were able to catch up to the suspected drunk driver, later identified as 23-year-old Jacob Jaramillo, about a half-mile away from the crashed neighborhood.
“He came out of the car and took an aggressive stance, a fighting stance, and said, ‘Just shoot me.’ At that time, we had a Taser that was deployed,” explained officer Simon Drobik with the Albuquerque Police Department.
At that point, police said Jaramillo surrendered, but not before he left behind a lot of damage.
“I mean if there were children playing at that time, or another vehicle or somebody on foot, yeah it definitely could have been a lot worse,” said Drobik.
Neighbors said there are often people walking along their road, and they’re thankful no one was near the crash when it happened.
“It’s usually a pretty nice, quite afternoon around here,” said McGowen.
Police said Jaramillo admitted he’d been drinking all night, adding his blood alcohol content was a .14 around 11 a.m. Sunday, which is just less than twice the legal limit.
Witnesses said they saw a passenger in his car with him when he crashed, but she was gone by the time police caught up with the driver. Jaramillo faces a slew of charges, including DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.