ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Whatever you say can and will be used against you in court; it'ssomething every cop knows and every attorney should know.
Apparently one local lawyer forgot the axiom, when AlbuquerquePolice arrested him for drunk driving this week.
Albuquerque attorney John Wayne Higgins usually defends drunkdrivers.
On Wednesday night he had the right to remain silent; instead heacted as his own attorney and tried to defend himself.
Police said that Higgins struck a curb near 12th and Mountain,and witnesses watched him walk across the street where police foundhim.
Higgins' entire arrest was caught by a police officer's dashcamera. He claimed that he wasn't driving the car.
"This is what you're driving me in on. I'm going to sue your(expletive) off," he said.
The alleged drunk driver didn’t seem too happy cuffed andperhaps stuffed with something that didn’t agree with him
"This will be the last best day of the rest of your life,"Higgins said in the back of a police cruiser. "And if you think I'mkidding you're (expletive) crazy."
During his entire ride in the police car, Higgins lobbed insultsat his arresting officers.
"The only safe thing for you to do is kill me because I know,and I know people that know," he said. "You little slime bag,crick, criminal, killer."
Higgins had a hard time sitting up on the 20 minute car trip tolock up, which may have given him a wake up.
"I want you guys to know, I don't believe I can beat up theseguys in jail," he said. "Any possibility that you can stay with mefor a while?"
Higgins has been charged with aggravated DWI and is currentlyout on bond. He said that he wasn't driving the wrecked car.
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