SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 obtained video from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office of the third wrong-way driver on I-25 around Santa Fe in the last month.
Video shows a deputy sound his siren. While the driver moved to pull over, a passenger swung the car door open before the car even came to a stop.
The passenger got out as soon as the car did stop and approached deputies. “Get your hand out of your pocket,” a deputy shouted at the passenger.
Deputies approached with guns drawn before questioning driver Clinton Grant.
A 911 caller reported Grant going the wrong way on I-25 Saturday night before he was pulled over off Old Pecos Trail.
“What did you do?” a deputy asked.
“I drove stupid,” Grant responded.
“Do you know how you were driving on the highway yet?” “Stupid. Yeah.”
“Okay,” the deputy said. “Did you know you were driving the opposite direction of traffic?” “Actually I didn’t…” Grant said.
He explained that he was upset after learning his father died.
He had his wife, their teenage son and a friend in the car.
“About how much do you think you’ve had to drink today?” a deputy asked.
“One beer. One shot,” Grant said.
His wife said Grant drove, even though it was a friend’s car, claiming that friend had too much to drink.
But deputies said Grant also had too much. They arrested him for DWI, reckless driving and child abuse.
Unlike the first case that ended in a fiery, fatal crash, this ended before anyone got hurt.
Given the number of wrong-way drivers, the Mayor of Santa Fe asked the Department of Transportation to take a closer look at the area.
DOT didn’t see any problems but said more signage and striping at the ramps may help.