ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police are warning drivers to be a cautious of a new trick at least one hit and run offender recently tried in order to make a clean getaway.
After witnessing a hit and run accident Friday at the intersection of Paseo del Norte and Wyoming Boluevard, an APD officer saw a driver doing something out of the ordinary to his license plate.
Officer Simon Drobik says at first everything looked OK. He says after witnessing the minor crash, he watched the driver who caused it get out of his car and speak to the driver of the other car he crashed into. But after that, Drobik says he saw something strange as the driver who cased the crash went to the back of his truck to do something.
"I couldn't really see why he went to the back of his truck," Drobik says.
At that point, Drobik says the man got back into his truck and took off. He was able to catch the driver just a few blocks down on Paseo del Norte. He then found the reason why the driver went to the back of his truck.
"He had crumpled up the license plate in the back of his truck to conceal that license plate," said Drobik.
The suspect bent both sides of his license plate in which made the plate impossible for anyone to read.
"In 15 years of being on patrol this is the first time I've seen a hit and run happen in front of me," said Drobik.
"I've heard about people taking off their license plates to commit crime, but this was a spur of the moment thing for this guy and I guess this is what he thought he needed to do to get out of the area."
Drobik says the driver told him he fled because he was driving with a suspended license and no insurance for the car.
While the driver was caught, officers now have another problem: the victim left the scene.
"Just because you don't have insurance doesn't mean you're off the hook for any damages you cause. We'd like for that lady to get her car reimbursed and fixed," Drobik said.
Albuquerque Police are now looking for the victim who is described as an older woman who was driving a white 4-door SUV. If you have any information about the accident which happened around 12 p.m. on Friday, June 28, call (505) 242-COPS.
Police say the driver who caused the crash will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, no valid proof of insurance and driving while suspended.
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