SANTA FE (KRQE) – It’s never a good idea to run a stop sign, but when an accused drunk driver was caught doing it, he made another move that made things a lot worse and it was all caught on tape.
Video from a deputy’s dash cam and lapel show the situation escalating. Investigators learned the man they were chasing had a shot gun and an open bottle of Jack Daniels with him.
Dashcam video shows a deputy on routine patrol, spot a truck run a stop sign Monday night in Santa Fe. The deputy follows and tries to stop the driver, but he keeps going.
“When they don’t stop that shows, I think the person’s intent not to cooperate, so that right away raises red flags with the officer,” explained Captain Adan Mendoza, of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. “So of course they’re going to proceed with caution.”
Taking turns down narrow, dirt residential roads the driver of the truck, 21-year-old Luis Ramos-Gonzales, turned off his headlights to try and get away as the deputy chased after him.
When the deputy took a turn onto Agua Fria, the truck was gone. The deputy called for backup and found Ramos-Gonzales’ truck parked near a home, but he was hiding.
“He might have ran into a house here,” the deputy is heard saying on lapel cam.
Deputies set up a perimeter and knocked on doors looking for Ramos-Gonzales. What they’d later learn is that Ramos-Gonzales had an open bottle of Jack Daniels in his truck and that he’d been drinking.
When deputies finally found him, he was hiding in a back yard behind a van. That’s when deputies discovered, he had a shotgun with him.
“Anytime that you mix firearms and alcohol and the fact that he did flee from the officers, he had plenty of time to prepare for the officers’ arrival, so this could have been a lot worse,” explained Captain Mendoza.
Mendoza said it appeared Ramos-Gonzales ran from his truck with the shotgun, which was found in a case.
Deputies said what was a recipe for disaster in this case, thankfully ended peacefully, and Ramos-Gonzales was arrested.
When he was spotted, deputies said Ramos-Gonzales surrendered and admitted to drinking and driving. They found the shotgun he had was not loaded.
This was Ramos-Gonzales’ second DWI. His truck was seized. He was charged with running a stop sign, DWI, headlamps required, roadways laned for traffic, resisting and evading an officer, open container and negligent use of a firearm.