ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - He was on his way to a SWAT situation as cops were on the hunt for a pair of murder suspects. But he never made it to the scene because he crashed with both his lights and siren on.
And who he had with him could get him into some trouble; the officers' four-year-old little boy was in the front seat and he wasn't in a booster seat either.
"He was home alone with his child so when he got the call he made a decision, I am going to go," Lt. Robert McDonald said while explaining Office Jose Urbano's actions.
It was abouttwo weeks ago when State Police Officer Urbano slammed into another driver on Unser and Ladera causing a chain reaction. He was running lights and sirens trying to get to Los Lunas where cops were looking for the Gallegos brothers ; wanted in the burned body in the Bosque case from last month.
Inside his unmarked K-9 unit was his young son. Urbano said he was on the way to drop his son off at his babysitter's and then rush to the SWAT call.
We asked what the policy is regarding kids in patrol cars during a call with Lt. McDonald Monday.
McDonald said the officer probably should have waited to hit the lights and siren until after he'd dropped the boy off, "there is no certain policy, it's just it would have been great if he had said you know, ‘I've got my kid I am going to drop him off on my way', notify a supervisor he probably been okay… An inquiry will be sent to the Chief's office and probably an internal investigation will be launched from there."
Urbano was cited for causing the crash and for not having his son strapped in properly.
McDonald says even though the boy needed a booster seat they understand why he was in the front seat, "There is no backseat in that unit. The whole back of that unit is designed to house the K-9 so he had to be put in the front seat."
State Police say Urbano was cited for the crash because running lights and sirens doesn't give an officer the right to run a red light if it's not safe and clear it's just meant to alert drivers. No one was seriously injured in the crash
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