Former New Mexico sheriff drops ‘f-bombs’ during traffic stop

GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – A former New Mexico sheriff was caught on camera behaving badly during a traffic stop. Shortly after, he is arrested for assaulting the officer who pulled him over.

At one point, former Cibola County Sheriff, Salvador Benavedes, told the officer he wished he’d “get killed.”

Grants Sergeant Carl Ustupski pulled the ex-sheriff over, last week, after he said Benavedes swerved into his lane.

At first glance, everything appears to be fine in the video.

“Everything okay? You were drifting into my lane there. I thought you were going to hit me,” Ustupski said.

“Where? I had to a little bit. I didn’t know it was you,” Benavedes said.

The sergeant continues to ask Benavedes for his license and other documents. That’s when Benavedes’ head pops out from the door. In the police report, Ustupski claims he asked Benavedes, twice, to get back into his truck. Then, the officer and Benavedes get into a quick scuffle. Shortly after, the officer finally gets Benavedes in handcuffs.

Benavedes continues to drop “f” bombs.

He tells Ustupski at one point, “Now I know why people hate f****** cops.”

The chief of police said this is a scene his officers should not have to encounter, especially from a man who’s been on the other side of the badge.

“Like I told Mr. Benavedes, he wouldn’t have put up with that behavior when he was in law enforcement,” Craig Vandiver said.

Benavedes has been charged two other times for assault on a peace officer. He pleaded guilty once. 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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