DUI ATTORNEY DRUNK 2009
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, attorney John Higgins was arrested in Albuquerque for a suspected DWI. Footage of the arrest, including Higgins' refusal to take a field sobriety test and his subsequent detainment in the back of a squad car has been released. The video contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.
Super 8 Motel, KFC, Dunkin' Donuts food restaurants in Albuquerque and passing commercial signs
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - MAY 12: (AUDIO OMITTED) Cars drive down the road passing businesses in afternoon rush hour on May 12, 2023 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.(Footage by WW News/Getty Images)
Chevron gas station and McDonald's fast food restaurant in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - MAY 12: (AUDIO OMITTED) Cars drive down the road passing businesses in afternoon rush hour on May 12, 2023 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.(Footage by WW News/Getty Images)
DWI LAWYER’S DASHCAM A DISGRACE 2009
An Albuquerque DWI attorney fighting his own drunken-driving charge failed Tuesday to convince a Metropolitan Court judge to move his trial and throw out police video of his arrest. An Albuquerque police officer's dashcam recorded John Wayne Higgins on Jan. 27 at 12th Street an Mountain Road NW. Higgins is alleged to have been very drunk and then belligerent as the officer questioned him about striking a curb and blowing out a tire. Higgins claims he wasn't driving the car that night although witnesses said they saw him stagger across the street after hitting the curb. "This will be the last best day of the rest of your life," Higgins can be heard saying on video recorded inside the patrol car after his arrest. "You're done. And if you think I'm kidding you're (expletive) crazy. "You little slime bag crack criminal killer."
A DEADLY WEAPON ON WHEELS 2012
Officers were trying to stop a stolen school bus speeding toward Albuquerque. New Mexico State Police released dashcam Monday of the video and radio recordings. The morning of March 9: New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Police, Bernalillo County Deputies and other law enforcement agencies had only seconds to react and figure out what was going on with the stolen school bus. "Officer: Are there any kids in that bus?" "Dispatch: Negative, negative just the driver." Investigators said the driver, 27-year-old Nathaniel Shipman, stole the bus from the bus yard in Albuquerque and then drove it to Grants, NM about 80 miles west. They said when he was spotted there, he turned back toward Albuquerque. It was after 6:30 a.m. and the city was in morning rush hour. State police had to act fast. "Officer: I want to see if we can get this done before we get closer to ABQ." Multiple agencies put together a plan to stop the bus in its tracks. "Dispatch: Officers trying to coordinate setting up a spike belt." Shipman barreled right through several spike strips, eventually driving the bus on bare rims. By now he was entering the outskirts of Albuquerque. State police were running out of time and had to try something more extreme. "Officer: I'm trying to hit him right now." A State Police officer used his car to try to stop the bus for almost 30 miles but the bus was too big. The chase entered Albuquerque and was approaching the city's most congested area. A State Police SUV was finally able to stop Shipman. Police said once he was stopped, Shipman kept revving the engine and State Police started firing bean-bag shots. In the video a Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputy could be seen opening fire with his gun. Seconds later, it appears as if a State Police officer is shouting at him. Shipman emerged from the bus in his boxers and bloody. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were found on Shipman. He is being held with no bond and is facing several charges. So far there is no official word on his mental health. The deputy who fired the shots was put on paid administrative leave.
McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell fast food restaurants in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - MAY 12: (AUDIO OMITTED) Cars drive down the road passing businesses in afternoon rush hour on May 12, 2023 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.(Footage by WW News/Getty Images)
KFC, Dunkin' Donuts, Applebee's and Taco Bell fast food restaurants in Albuquerque and passing commercial signs
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - MAY 12: (AUDIO OMITTED) Cars drive down the road passing businesses in afternoon rush hour on May 12, 2023 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.(Footage by WW News/Getty Images)
CHASE HERO
OFFICER SERVING COURT PAPERS SEES A VEHICLE PASS HIM AND THEN SPEED UP; DISPATCHER TELLS OFFICER THE CAR'S PLATE CAME BACK AS STOLEN FROM LAS VEGAS; SUSPECTS OUTRAN OFFICER BUT OFFICER SEARCHES FOR THEM OFF A FREEWAY EXIT GASSING UP THE VEHICLE; OFFICER TRIED TO BLOCK THEM AT THE PUMPS AND ORDERS THEM TO SURRENDER; ONE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY PULLS A .25 CALIBER PISTOL; OFFICER FIRED HIS GUN TOWARD THEIR TIRES BUT SUSPECTS GOT BACK ON INTERSTATE; OTHER OFFICERS JOINED THE CHASE CONTINUING FOR ABOUT 25 MILES; AUTHORITIES SPOT A BIG-RIG AHEAD OF SUSPECTS AND ALERT THE TRUCKER THROUGH HIS CB RADIO; TRUCKER AGREES TO HELP AND BEGINS SWAYING HIS TRACTOR-TRAILER BACK-AND-FORTH IN FRONT OF STOLEN CAR -- AND THEN SLOWS DOWN; SUSPECTS TRY TO PASS ON THE DUSTY SHOULDER BUT FAILED; OFFICER PULLED ALONGSIDE TRAPPED SUSPECTS AND AGAIN FIRED AT THE TIRES; BEING WORN OUT FOR THE CHASE THE SUSPECTS PULL OVER AND SURRENDER; WEAPON WAS FOUND ON FRONT SEAT OF VEHICLE
DRUNK, DANGEROUS AND AGAINST TRAFFIC (2012)
New Mexico State Police recently released dramatic dashcam video of officers trying to stop a wrong way driver who they said was drunk. On the evening of Jan. 27, officers said they spotted Matthew Rodriguez, 23, speeding on the concrete median on Highway 550 near Hill Road and coming dangerously close to oncoming traffic. "Driving on the curb, drove up onto the median, apparently he ran a red light," Lt. Robert McDonald said. State police said they chased the driver as he weaved into oncoming traffic. The driver later told police that he knew what he was doing, police said. "The driver had a history of doing this. He had already been to the state pen for this kind of violation. He admitted to officers he had done meth earlier in the day and he knew if he stopped he was going to go back," McDonald said. The pursuit ended outside of a gas station. Officers took him into custody on suspicion of aggravated DWI, aggravated fleeing and driving recklessly. Court records show Rodriguez was also arrested in November and charged with stealing a car. That case is pending.
Digital "wearing mask " sign while approaching Albuquerque, New Mexico, amid the 2020 global Coronavirus pandemic
Wearing mask sign on the highway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, amid the 2020 global Coronavirus pandemic
ARMED ROBBER’S 150 MILE CHASE 2008
EVEN THREE SETS OF STOP STICKS DIDN’T STOP SUSPECT JONATHON COLTON PARSONS FROM LEADING 9 POLICE OFFICERS ON A 150 MILE HIGH SPEED CHASE AROUND ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. PARSONS’ TIRES WERE SHREDDED AND A FIRE STARTED UNDER THE SUV AFTER IT FINALLY CAME TO A STOP, PARSONS HAD ROBBED A TRUCK STOP AT GUNPOINT AND WAS ALSO A WANTED FUGITIVE IN TEXAS FOR ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY. BUT COPS SAY HE MADE THINGS EVEN WORSE FOR HIMSELF BY FLEEING.
Chase - On - Tape
HIGH SPEED CHASE CAUGHT ON TAPE OUT OF NEW MEXICO ON SATURDAY.
TEENS TAKE THE BAIT 2012
Most of the kids inside an Albuquerque police bait car weren't old enough to drive, but authorities said that didn't stop the group from riding around in it for more than 20 minutes as surveillance cameras rolled. Surveillance video shows a 15-year-old boy going for a joy ride in northwest Albuquerque, and he wouldn't do it alone. As more friends jump in on the joy ride, the teen reveals how he got the car. "I saw this car with the keys inside. I opened the door, it was unlocked. I grabbed the keys and was like, this is the car," said the teen. The kids soon realize that they've got to have a plan for the stolen car. "Oh my God dog, what if we go to jail for this?! This is grand theft auto dog! We got to bounce if the cops (come,) I'm (expletive) hopping the (expletive) out and running for my life! I'm on (expletive) probation," said one of the teen passengers. The teens discuss torching the stolen car or blaming the theft on someone else. "If they start asking none of us did it," said one of the passengers. The mood changes quickly in the car when the kids see lights in their rear-view mirror. Police have not released the names of the four people in the video because they are juveniles. Police said they were all arrested. There is no word on what charges they are facing.
JUMPING FROM CHASED CAR AT 80 MPH 2007
The District Attorney's Office filed charges against a 20-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a Saturday night high-speed pursuit and shooting that left a local sheriff's office deputy and two suspects hospitalized. Lionel Clah, of Farmington, faces 18 criminal charges in connection with the incident, including six second-degree felony counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer. "I know we charged him with several very serious crimes," District Attorney Lyndy Bennett said. "Those charges involved our part of the investigation, before the FBI got involved." FBI officials are conducting a separate investigation into the events that occurred once the chase left San Juan County and entered the Navajo Nation where Clah allegedly had a shootout with police. He still could face federal charges related to the standoff. Clah was arrested Tuesday at the San Juan County Detention Center, Bloomfield Police Chief Drew Standley. He is being held on a $1 million bond in connection with the shooting. San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kory Faulk sustained gunshot wounds to the nose and hand during a standoff with Clah after the car came to a halt on the Nation. Faulk was released Sunday from San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries. New Mexico State Police Officer James Rempe also sustained a minor injuries. The District Attorney's Office also intends to file charges against 16-year-old Krishana John, who was in Clah's vehicle during the high-speed pursuit, Bennett said. "We're definitely going to charge the female juvenile," the district attorney said. "Of course those (charges) have to go through the juvenile court first." John is being detained by the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety, Standley said. "We have secured a warrant for her arrest," he said. "The district attorney is now working on extradition proceedings." Once arrested locally, John will be charged with six counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, all second-degree felonies; five counts of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, all fourth-degree felonies; and one count of attempting to disarm a peace officer, a third-degree felony. She could also face federal charges in the FBI investigation. The pursuit, which reached speeds nearing 100 mph, spanned an area of nearly 15 miles from Bloomfield to the Bluffview Housing Community, located near NAPI headquarters on the Nation. Police do not anticipate filing charges against Raymond Trujillo and Eli Trujillo, both of whom were in Clah's car but evacuated the vehicle during the chase, Standley said. Eli Trujillo allegedly jumped from the vehicle while it was traveling at approximately 80 mph near the intersection of County Road 5500 and U.S. 550. Standley said police have already interviewed both Raymond Trujillo and Eli Trujillo. "We do not, at this time, anticipate filing any criminal charges against them for their involvement in this case," the Bloomfield Police chief said. Eli Trujillo was listed in serious condition Wednesday at San Juan Regional Medical Center, according to hospital staff. The Saturday evening high-speed chase and shooting began at around 6:50 p.m. after Bloomfield police learned of a possible fight at a local laundromat. Raymond Trujillo told FBI agents that Clah fired six to eight shots with a Ruger .22-caliber handgun earlier that evening near a residence on North 3rd Street in Bloomfield, an arrest affidavit states. When Clah drove away from the trailer park to Quick Stop Laundromat at 325 North 1st St., Raymond and Eli Trujillo followed and confronted him about shooting near the homes. Clah then reportedly offered to give the two men a ride home, at which time Bloomfield police tried to stop the vehicle as it was turning into the North 3rd Street trailer park, court documents state. When a police officer got out of his patrol car in an attempt to talk to Clah, the suspect's vehicle accelerated in reverse and struck the police car. A Bloomfield police sergeant arrived soon after and tried to block the car from leaving as Clah began to accelerate forward. "At this time a passenger identified as Raymond Trujillo exited the vehicle," the affidavit states. The sergeant fired his Taser at Clah. When he did so, "the female front passenger grabbed (his) Taser and attempted to pull it from his hand," the affidavit states. One dart struck Clah and the other hit John, which rendered the weapon ineffective. Clah again accelerated the vehicle, striking an officer with the vehicle and hitting a chain link fence, forcing the policeman to "jump over the chain link fence in order to avoid being crushed between the fence and the vehicle." As the driver maneuvered the vehicle out of the trailer park and onto 3rd Street, a third Bloomfield police officer tried to stop the vehicle as it neared 4th Street. The vehicle accelerated toward the officer when one of the occupants of the suspect vehicle allegedly fired several rounds at him. The passenger car fled on several Bloomfield streets before continuing on U.S. 550, police said. John then allegedly fired several rounds at law enforcement officers as the vehicle headed toward the reservation. "As they're fleeing through our county, my impression is that she's shooting," Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said. Clah is "still charged with that because he's an accessory. Once they get on the reservation, he lets her out of the car and then he takes off again." At some point during the pursuit on U.S. 550, Eli Trujillo jumped out of the moving car as it reached speeds nearing 80 mph. "You can see that on the in-car video," Capshaw said. "It's an eye-opener. No one's exaggerating when they say the car's moving in >excess of 80 miles per hour when (Eli Trujillo) jumps out." Federal investigation FBI Special Agent Bill Elwell said Wednesday there are no new developments with an ongoing federal investigation. Elwell said Monday that agents were conducting an investigation with the assistance of state police because the standoff ended at the >intersection of County Roads 7100 and 7101 on the Nation. At that time, investigating agents were reportedly in contact with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque, which decides the appropriate criminal charges to file against defendants, he said. The local criminal charges filed against Clah and John do not reflect events that occurred once the pursuit reached the Navajo Nation, Capshaw said.
EBENEZER SCROOGE GETS HIS REVENGE 2012
Santa Fe police seized a variety of firearms during their search of Scott Powell's north-side house, including several handguns that he was legally allowed to carry as concealed weapons. Court records show police also found six nightshirts in various colors that are similar to the one worn by the man caught on video shooting up an unmanned speed-enforcement vehicle on Bishops Lodge Road during the early morning hours of April 11. Powell, 63, remained jailed Tuesday on charges of criminal damage to property and negligent use of a deadly weapon in connection with that incident, as well as charges stemming from his efforts to flee from police officers on Friday before his home was searched later that day. Police say Powell is the man shown in a widely distributed video getting out of a 2011 Audi Q-5 and shooting five rounds at the specially equipped SUV bearing Santa Fe Police Department markings. According to an arrest warrant, police had spoken with Powell on April 23 at his house off Sangre de Cristo Drive and recognized the dark-gray Audi crossover SUV. A day after police visited him, Powell traded in that vehicle at an Albuquerque car dealership, where he purchased a new, blue Audi A6, according to Sgt. Andrea Dobyns. The trade-in vehicle was empty when police later searched it at the dealership. The newer Audi he acquired was searched following a police chase through downtown Santa Fe on Friday. Police found a revolver in the car that investigators believe he had fired at the speed-enforcement vehicle. Among items seized from his house were a .45-caliber automatic Winchester pistol, .357 magnum ammunition, a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver, a Beretta handgun, a Sig Sauer handgun and another handgun concealed in plastic. Police also found three Beretta shotguns and a bag of miscellaneous ammunition. Dobyns said investigators who went to the house had an idea they would find more weapons that day "because Mr. Powell has a concealed-carry license." A New Mexico Department of Safety spokesman said someone with a concealed-carry license who uses a firearm illegally can have that license revoked. According to the statute, "no person shall carry a concealed handgun while impaired by the use of alcohol, controlled substances, or over-the-counter or prescribed medications." Powell's attorney, Dan Cron, on Monday told Santa Fe County Magistrate Sandra Miera that Powell suffers from depression, attention deficit disorder, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an unspecified form of cancer. After the court hearing, Cron wouldn't comment on whether Powell takes any medications. Miera ruled that Powell is a danger to the community and should be kept in custody until Cron identifies a facility where Powell could be sent for a medical and mental evaluation. Powell remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of a $55,000 cash-only bond.