SANTA FE (KRQE) — A man accused of driving two cars drunk on the same night made it pretty easy for deputies to catch him.
He called them.
Then, they caught him in a big lie, and it was caught on tape.
Earlier this month, a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy walked into a situation involving a red sedan crashed into an irrigation ditch, a truck still running in the middle of the road and 52-year-old Rudy Fernandez.
Deputy: How much have you had to drink tonight?
Fernandez: I had uh, two beers.
Fernandez called 911 to report his red sedan stolen from his Santa Fe home shortly after deputies got a call about a crashed car in the same area.
When deputies showed up, Fernandez suspiciously, was already at the scene.
“I, I did a mistake by coming over here to look for my car, and I, I came over here, and I wrecked into it right now,” Fernandez told the deputy on scene.
He later explained to the deputy that he meant to say he came across his stolen car, not that he wrecked it.
Fernandez: I could not wreck into this car, sir.
Deputy: You told me you wrecked this car.
Fernandez: Sir, I could not wreck into this car because I was in this truck.
But that confession alone was not enough. The deputy said there was no evidence the red car was stolen.
He believed Fernandez crashed it, walked home, then drove drunk again in his truck.
Deputy: I know that you were the driver of this car.
Fernandez: I, I, I’m serious. I am not the driver.
Deputy: OK, so who was the driver?
Fernandez: I have no idea.
After failing field sobriety tests, Fernandez was arrested.
The lesson from all of this was staring him in the face the whole time — an “ENDWI” sticker posted on the back of his pickup truck.
Fernandez is charged with careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated DWI. This was the 52-year-old’s first DWI arrest.
Online records show Fernandez doesn’t have a criminal past.