Accused drunk driver after deadly crash: ‘Someone hit me’

Police lapel shows what DWI suspect told officers the night three people were killed

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Accused drunk driver Jacob Jaramillo pleaded not guilty in court Monday on three counts of vehicular homicide.

In police lapel video obtained by KRQE News 13, Jaramillo admitted to drinking that night, but didn’t take blame for the crash.

An Albuquerque Police officer’s lapel camera shows the chaotic scene early morning on November 29, 2015. The crash happened on the frontage road near the Big I.

“Have rescue step up, it’s pretty bad,” the officer told dispatchers.

Police learned three young victims, 20-year-old Grace Sinfield, brothers 27-year-old Roberto Mendez, and 23-year-old Sergio Mendez-Aguire, were killed.

Detectives said the victims’ car rolled several times, after Jacob Jaramillo ran a red light, and slammed into them.

The 23-year-old Jaramillo acted confused after the crash. “Where am I?” Jaramillo asked the officer on scene.

“You’re gonna go to the hospital,” the officer replied.

The police officer followed Jaramillo to the hospital for a DWI investigation.

Jaramillo is seen in police video admitting to officers he drank “one shot” earlier in the night, and later picked up two friends.

“I was gonna drink a beer with them,” Jaramillo told the officer.

Still, Jaramillo didn’t admit to causing the crash. “I was passing through the intersection when someone hit me,” Jaramillo said. “I’m not sure what direction, I just remember peeling sideways and felt a lot of pressure on my body.”

However, the officer had already heard from witnesses and Jaramillo’s own passengers about what happened.

Witnesses said Jaramillo sped through a red light, and slammed into the victim’s car as they passed through the intersection.

Jaramillo was given a sobriety test at the hospital. According to officers, he performed poorly and smelled of alcohol.

Jaramillo was arrested, charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle and DWI.

Though limping, Jaramillo walked away from the crash with his life. The three victims never made it home.

At Monday’s court appearance, a judge kept Jaramillo’s bond high at $150,000 cash only.

Jaramillo has made the news before. He was arrested last year, accused of beating up an off-duty deputy while drunk. That case was dismissed.

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