ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A busted windshield, flat tires and a baby in the backseat – all of this after sheriff’s deputies say a man smashed into a house and drove off.
“I was terribly disappointed.”
Charles Barkley is dealing with a big mess and a big hole in the side of his South Valley home.
“It’s going to set me back,” Barkley said. “I’m just hoping and praying this young man who did it has insurance.”
He’s talking about Danny Baca.
According to a criminal complaint, Baca was speeding when smashed into that house Friday afternoon.
“We saw the driver try to get the car out,” Manuel Maldonado said.
Maldonado lives across the street and saw the whole thing happen. He says someone actually gave Baca a hand.
“Somebody stopped in my driveway and went and helped him,” Maldonado said. “He got some help from other people to get the car out of the hole.”
Baca may have been able to get out of that hole, but he would soon find himself in an even bigger one. With flat tires, he didn’t make it too much further – only about a half mile to be exact.
It turns out an off-duty Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy followed Baca pulling into a home’s driveway just a few blocks south.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Olivia Perez said.
Perez says her dogs tipped her off to the unexpected guest in her driveway.
“I asked him what’s going on and he didn’t even know what to say,” Perez said. “He seemed confused.”
Then, Perez says she saw a little baby in the backseat.
“I went to check to make sure the baby was OK,” Perez said.
Deputies say the baby was filthy and in a child seat way too small for her. They say she was not properly buckled in, also.
The criminal complaint says Baca admitted to having “one shot” before getting behind the wheel.
Baca is locked up on a no-bond hold facing charges of child abuse and felony damage to property.
It’s not the 24-year-old’s first run in with the law. Last year, he pled guilty to battery and disorderly conduct.
It’s not clear if Baca is the child’s parent. Deputies turned the child over to CYFD.