ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department says the suspect involved in a chase through the city is now in custody.
“I saw this really erratic-driving RV and I saw him come across the median and hit the car in front of me,” said Hanna Gasper.
Police are not sure how many people, like Gasper, were involved in the crash, but they say at least one man was flown to UNM Hospital. At last check, he was listed as critical.
APD says it started late Tuesday night in the North Valley, when detectives tried to arrest 40-year-old David Barber for multiple felonies.
Officers say the man made off in an RV, but police didn’t give chase, yet. They followed from above in a helicopter until police say the man tried to run over police when they laid down a spike strip.
That’s when police say they started a ground pursuit, following the RV across town.
APD says officers chased Barber to the area of Washington and Indian School where a K-9 officer got into a crash with someone else.
Police say both the officer and the other person involved are OK.
Police say, eventually, supervisors called off the chase, saying it was too dangerous. It all came to an end on the westside, near Coors and Irving. That’s where police say there were even more crashes, but are not giving details about how many cars or people were involved.
Right now police say they are treating this investigation as they would an officer-involved shooting, even though they don’t believe any shots were fired.
“How this pursuit went, what could we have done better and what was just a result of this violent felon putting thousands of lives in danger, based on his own selfish needs,” explained Albuquerque Police Officer Tanner Tixier.
Multiple agencies responded to this scene including the Albuquerque Police Officers Association and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Police identified Barber on Wednesday evening. They say he has an extensive criminal history and will likely face both state and federal charges.
APD also took a woman into custody, but her role in this incident is still unknown.