ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- The man accused of ramming police with a car faced a judge Friday for the chaotic scene police say he caused Thursday night.
It was in Southwest Albuquerque where police say Danan Gabaldon slammed a vehicle into two or three patrol units, sending two officers to the hospital. Actions investigators say he’s all too familiar with.
“There are also 11 felonies, with three of those being convicted for aggravated fleeing”, said Background Investigations Employee Anthony Carter.
Gabaldon appeared with some major bumps and bruises on his face.
It all started Thursday near Unser and Gibson. Officers were trying to take Gabaldon into custody for a Memorial Day incident. On Memorial Day, police were attempting to pull over a stolen SUV, when they say Gabaldon hit the gas and drove directly at them. Officers shot at the SUV. No one was hit and Gabaldon got away.
Then Thursday police were tracking Gabaldon when they say he rammed into multiple police cars. He ran off and police fired beanbags, a taser and one officer fired his gun. Gabaldon wasn’t hit, and was taken to the hospital.
He now faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and receiving and transfer of a stolen motor vehicle. Investigators believe these actions shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Carter said, “Given the extensive criminal history, pending felony charges, we do feel that Mr. Gabaldon is a danger to the community.”
These allegations are nothing new for Gabaldon. He has a long criminal history, which includes other instances of assaulting and running from police. He was arrested following this high speed chase in March, when deputies say he drove at them. In turn, they opened fire.
Gabaldon’s lawyer asked for a reduced bond. The judge rejected that, and kept it at a $100,000 cash or surety.
As for the officers taken to the hospital, they were treated and released Thursday night.