ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Newly released dash cam video shows a chase and standoff that shut down I-25 for hours.
It was December 2014 when New Mexico State Police say 30-year old Christopher Gallegos ran a red light at the intersection of Tower and Coors in southwest Albuquerque. From there, Gallegos led police on a 25 minute chase through Albuquerque’s south valley, Los Lunas and through Belen before jumping on I-25 northbound.
In hundreds of pages of police reports and hours of police dash cam video obtained by KRQE News 13, Gallegos can be seen driving a pickup truck which police say was stolen. He is seen driving on the wrong side of the road at times during the chase and narrowly missing oncoming drivers.
The chase came to an end nearly three miles north of Belen on Interstate 25 after State Police deployed a spike strip which Gallegos can be seen running over. From there, a six hour standoff began where police say they could see Gallegos with a handgun, at times pointing it to his own head. Gallegos later admitted to shooting at a State Police robotic device that came up to the car after becoming startled.
Then just before 12:30 p.m., video shows Gallegos leaning out of the driver side of the truck with what appears to be a handgun. Five shots are fired by State Police and Gallegos was hit. Police take precautions before approaching the truck. Gallegos was taken to UNM Hospital with injuries to his arms and shoulder.
According to online court documents, Gallegos was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, receiving stolen property, and fleeing from an officer. Records also show the case was dismissed. It’s not clear at this time if the charges will be refiled.