ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a busy night for Albuquerque Police after officers responded to three separate scenes. They would soon find out they were all tied to one suspect. At one scene, police say the drunk suspect intentionally ran over a homeless man with his van.
Witnesses say this all started Saturday afternoon when they spotted a group of people drinking in Martinez Park at Hannett and Broadway Northeast.
They say a little before 5:30 p.m., the three men and a woman began arguing near the park. Neighbors say the group was breaking bottles and yelling. That’s when things escalated. Police say the man got into the van with his girlfriend and intentionally ran over one of the homeless man they were arguing with. The driver took off, dragging the homeless man’s bike along with him.
Police finally caught up with the drunk driver and the bike at the second scene – at Menaul and University – but then the officers were called to an assault case. There a woman was found under an overpass with a broken arm. Police say that woman is the suspect’s girlfriend, who he assaulted and dropped off.
The man was finally arrested. Police say the homeless man is at the hospital in serious condition, but neighbors say they’re shocked to learn he made it out alive.
“The gentleman got to the end of the street and they started crossing and the van took off. I mean, he hit the gas, gave it all he had and that driver was drunk,” says one resident who asked to remain anonymous.
Neighbors say they often see people drinking and doing drugs in this park. They say they had called 911 twice, 20 minutes before the hit-and-run.
KRQE News 13 is still waiting on that criminal complaint to find out exactly what charges the man will face. Police say the man hit is expected to survive.