Ex-Albuquerque cop facing new legal action after fatal hit-and-run

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Albuquerque police officer is facing new legal action after a deadly hit-and-run drunk driving crash.

KRQE News 13 has obtained a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit filed against Rodney Locke.

Locke is now awaiting his fate in the criminal justice system and in civil court.

“I just want justice to be properly served,” Casey Freese told KRQE News 13 on October 1.

He lost his mother in the late-night, late September crash near Louisiana and Lomas. Kay Moss-Freese was in a wheelchair when she was struck and killed.

Casey Freese, who lives in Colorado, was not available for comment, and his lawyers did not respond to a phone message Monday afternoon.

The lawsuit also seeks damages against the Northeast Albuquerque bar Locke had left before the crash, Billy’s Pub on Juan Tabo. The bar owner named in the lawsuit did not respond to a message left at the bar Monday afternoon.

Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is USAA Insurance Company.

Locke was arrested after the Sept. 29 wreck near his home.

Locke refused to take a breathalyzer test. His blood alcohol content was reported at .18. The legal limit is .08.

For now, the one criminal charge Locke has faced, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident, has been dropped. But the former police officer still faces prosecution.

A spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office said the criminal case is still in the screening process and will be refiled in district court.

“At this point, we are awaiting the OMI report and AFD Rescue reports, we recently did receive the BAC report. Charges will be finalized once we have completed our review,” indicated spokesman Phillip Sisneros.

The civil lawsuit seeks a judgment against defendants “in an amount to be proven at trial which is reasonable to compensate Plaintiffs.”

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