Fight over cellphone led to Albuquerque carjacking, power outage incident

Details emerge in carjacking, power outage incident

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a fight over a cellphone is what sparked death threats, a carjacking, a crash and a power outage in the Heights.

The driver is now facing a long list of charges, too. Police say the whole thing started at Donovan Bookout’s parents’ home near Tramway and Menaul. It ended with a major crash at Lousiana and Montgomery that broke a power pole in half.

According to the criminal complaint, Bookout was in a rage over his father’s refusal to activate his cellphone.

Police say Bookout grabbed a gun and threatened to go out in a blaze of glory and kill cops so they called police.

The complaint says Bookout chased his parents with the gun while they hid.

When police got to the home, Bookout ran and carjacked a white SUV from a woman who had just bought it. Police say she was loading it up with stuff from her old car at the time.

Bookout eventually crashed after T-boning the SUV into another car a few miles away at Louisiana and Montgomery, and sheering a power pole in half. Police said no one was seriously hurt.

Police were watching Bookout when the crash happened from a helicopter.

“The officers did not engage the vehicle to attempt a car stop. We were just following the direction of the helicopter and the helicopter advised us it ran a red light here at Louisiana and Montgomery, and when it ran the red light here, it T-boned another vehicle,” said Lt. Rob Middleton of APD.

Police said Bookout tried to run after he crashed, but officers caught up with him. He’s now behind bars with too many charges to name.

Police say Bookout was suffering when a mental crisis when this all happened. Bookout has criminal history that includes aggravated battery and assault for shooting someone in August.

The gun he had on him Tuesday night was stolen a few years ago in Albuquerque. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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