ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque boy’s birthday nearly turned tragic because of a driver who was running from deputies. But after hearing what the boy went through, those deputies decided to make it up to the 13-year-old with a special surprise.
On any thirteenth birthday, a kid shouldn’t have to worry that the day could be his last.
“I’m glad that he was OK and I love him,” said Montgomery Brown.
But for a few seconds about two weeks ago, Montgomery Brown’s brother Austin Brown was faced with a near death situation while walking on the sidewalk.
“Walking home from school and then a guy came out and almost hit me,” said Austin Brown.
Austin clinged on to a fence near his home as deputies say a man named Carlos Gomez was barreling towards him in an SUV. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies say Gomez drove away from a traffic stop and had a meth pipe in his car. After nearly hitting Austin, deputies say Gomez crashed into a brick wall.
The deputies who were looking to arrest Gomez also made sure Austin was OK.
“I think officers are caring,” said Austin.
In response to the incident, deputies decided that they wanted Austin to have a better surprise for his birthday, rather than the memory of nearly being run over.
“They just told me they were going to show up,” said Traci Brown, Austin’s mother.
The deputies showed up to Austin’s joint birthday party with his brother Montgomery over the weekend.
“Yeah we didn’t really know,” said Austin.
Video shows the deputies surprise the boys by pulling their three patrol cars into the family’s driveway, then singing the happy birthday song.
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Austin and Montgomery, happy birthday to you,” sang the deputies at the Brown family home.
The boys and their mother say it’s something they won’t forget.
“Honestly it was really breath taking,” said Traci Brown.
“It was the best thing I’ve ever experienced,” said Montgomery.
“Yeah it was … it was probably really amazing,” said Austin.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says deputies Laura Daily, Wesley Buster, Anthony Szurek and Vincent Harrison helped put the surprise together. The deputies typically patrol the South Valley of Bernalillo County.