A DWI stop in Albuquerque turned into a dangerous situation when a suspect tried to kill himself by flinging himself into speeding freeway traffic. A State Police officer’s(Officer Raymundo Lujan III) training kicked in, just in time to save the life of a suspected drunk driver.
On November 1, Officer Lujan noticed a black Cadillac drive past him at a high rate of speed on I-25 near the Big-I in Albuquerque. The Officer said the driver sped up to 111 mph once he got behind the car. The driver did pull over when Officer Lujan engaged his police equipment.
Officer Lujan says he instantly got a “bad feeling” about the driver, 25-year-old Emmett Harrison.
Lujan: “Are we going to have issues? Yes or no?”
In lapel video, Harrison admitted to drinking that night.
Lujan: “What’s a little bit to you?”
Harrison: “I had uh…three shots.”
Officer Lujan says he also performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and Harrison can be heard voicing his concern.
Harrison: “I’m freaking out right now.”
When the handcuffs went on, things started to take a turn.
When the pat-down started, Harrison tried to make a break for it.
Officer Lujan quickly grabbed Harrison’s jacket and pulled him back onto the hood of his patrol car with the aid of another Officer. There, Harrison confessed why he was trying to get away.
Harrison: “Yeah, I want to f*** kill myself what the f***.”
DWI arrests are not rare for Officer Lujan, or State Police in Albuquerque, now totaling 661 arrests this year.
This traffic stop serves as an important reminder for Officer Lujan about the dangerousness, and unpredictability of every DWI stop.
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