SANTE FE (KRQE) – Early Saturday morning, right after the bars closed, officers tried to pull over a pickup truck that didn’t have its lights on near the Plaza. As the driver sped away,running stop signs, he drove up onto the sidewalk taking out six pillars on this historic building a block from the plaza.
Once police came upon the driver, they realized they knew him. He used to be one of their own. He’s former police officer, Jesus Bencomo Zubiate. He was fired earlier this year for fudging his paperwork about where he was while on the job.
“You know he hasn’t worked with us since January. We don’t know what he’s been doing since then. We try to educate everyone. If you drink, you drive, you lose. It’s such a dangerous thing to do for driver and for public,” said Lt. Andrea Dobyns, Santa Fe Police Department.
Santa Fe police say his blood alcohol level was .20, more than double the legal limit.
Now the man who once donned the uniform is facing five charges.
Santa Fe Police are just glad the crash didn’t happen earlier in the night when those sidewalks are full of people.
“You know, it’s again we’re so lucky it’s no more tragic than it was. The building can be fixed but we have so many shoppers and tourist walking in that area, it could’ve been really awful,” said Andrea Dobyns, Santa Fe Police Dept.