ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man got stuck in a storm drain Tuesday morning at the intersection of Comanche and Eubank.
It happened around 9 a.m. Police say a call came in from the man who could just barely see a Jiffy Lube sign from the drain.
Officers and firefighters quickly got to the scene and found him.
“We were expecting to see a dog or a cat caught in there, definitely not expecting to see a human,” Micah Melnikoff said, who was watching the situation unfurl from the Jiffy Lube.
“Very dangerous situation to be in the sewer system, especially if it rains — you’re in big trouble,” APD’s Officer Simon Drobik said.
Firefighters removed a grate and pulled the man up to safety.
“By his ankles,” Monika Nolle, who works at the Valero gas station and convenience store across the street, recalled.
Drobik said the man told officers that he was looking for someone’s lost dog.
“We are looking into that,” Drobik said. “It is a little suspicious, looking for a lost dog in the tunnel system.”
“Nothing went wrong, I was trying to help a lady and I got lost in the tunnels and that was it,” the man, who did not give his name, told KRQE News 13.
Police don’t know where exactly the man entered the drainage system. They think it was somewhere along Eubank.
“I lost my flashlight, didn’t know which way I was going,” the man said. “I couldn’t see — it was pitch black.”
Drobik said the man has a lengthy criminal record, mostly consisting of property crimes.
He told KRQE News 13 that he is homeless and can’t afford medical treatment. He refused to go to the hospital with AFD paramedics.
Whatever he was up to, police say he put himself in a dangerous jam.
“He’s not a teenage mutant ninja turtle, probably should stay out of the sewer system,” Drobik said.