ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A boy celebrating his birthday Thursday found himself jumping out of the way of car during a high-speed chase. Now, he has a message for the criminal who almost killed him.
The seventh-grader is still in shock.
“Well, it’s my birthday and I thought I was going to die,” Austin Brown said.
Brown had just gotten off the school bus Thursday afternoon, with big plans to celebrate his 13th birthday that evening when he was nearly hit.
“Well I’m right here right and the car comes this way and I run over and grab right here,” Brown said.
Brown says he had to cling to a fence. If he hadn’t he says the person behind the wheel of this ford expedition would have rammed right into him.
“A guy came out of nowhere and flung around the corner and nearly hit me,” Brown said.
That guy is Carlos Gomez, according to deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. They say they were trying to talk to Gomez near Brown’s home when he took off in his SUV, leading them on a high-speed chase through a south valley neighborhood.
Brown’s mom was only a block away, inside their family home when it all happened.
“He could have been killed,” Traci Brown said.
After nearly hitting Brown, deputies say Gomez jumped out of his moving car and fled again. It crashed into a neighbor’s fence.
With the help K9’s, deputies eventually caught him hiding under a pickup truck a couple blocks away. Inside his car, they found a meth pipe, a stolen gun and numerous forged ID’s.
“It’s a little scary,” Traci Brown said. “Just to know that your kids aren’t really safe anywhere.”
Brown’s mom said she is grateful her son is okay. The birthday boy is still shaken up, but has a message for Gomez.
“Maybe next time just pull over and stop, and don’t be an idiot!” Brown said.
Brown wasn’t hurt, but says he’s nervous to walk home from school now.
Gomez has been arrested about six times in the past couple years, for drugs and stealing.
He could be looking at a long sentence. Gomez was already awaiting trial for being a felon in possession of a stolen gun.