LEA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico deputy put his life on the line when he tried to catch a fleeing criminal last month. The deputy’s dash cam video captured the tense moments as he was forced to draw his weapon after a civil dispute escalated.
It happened in late March. Vivian Condarco, 33, was on the 100 block of East Pinson when she flagged down Lea County Sergeant Jeff Walker. She told Walker someone was trying to steal her car.
“I had loaned her some money to get a car and she was selling the car to this lady,” Condarco told Walker.
Condarco got back in her car while Walker looked up her license plate number. When he ran the plate, he realized Condarco was wanted by police for violating a probation. Next, Walker tried to get Condarco out of her car.
“Step out of the car please. Don’t do this. You’re going to go to jail,” said Walker.
Walker then attempted to arrest Condarco. She started to take off. Walker was clinging to her door at the time. Condarco drug the sergeant with her car for several feet. He eventually got off the ground and demanded Condarco to stop her vehicle.
“Get out of the car!” said Walker.
Condarco fled the scene beginning a more than 10 minute long high speed chase. During the chase, Condarco did a U-turn in the middle of the highway. Walker rammed into the side of her car.
Condarco then fled the scene again. She was stopped by spike strips several miles later.
Walker was taken to the hospital after the crash. He suffered some scrapes and bruises, but is back on the job.
Condarco is behind bars. She’s charged with aggravated battery against a police officer.