ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque man accused of leading police on a chase and shooting at seven officers says he didn't know he was being followed by police, according to his first police interview obtained by KRQE News 13.
Felix Romero was arrested on March 9 after crashing his SUV into another car near Interstate 40 and Eubank Boulevard NE. In the minutes leading up to it he's accused of hitting three or four other cars and, along with his passenger, shooting at pursuing officers.
During his first interview with police after his arrest Romero admitted to being part of the chase but didn't want to say much more.
The officer who questioned him, Officer Matthew Vollmer, was one of the officers shot at during the pursuit. In the recording released to News 13 you can hear him trying to convince Romero to be honest.
"Obviously there were shots fired from your car; I know I was there," Vollmer can be heard saying. "I was one of the people you were shooting at.
"I'm going to give you the opportunity to talk to me like a man, man-to-man, even though you just tried to kill me."
Romero then claimed he felt like he was being followed but didn't know it was police. He then said he's become paranoid because of his drug use.
"Being honest, being high, I don't know if I'm tripping a lot of times, thinking that people are trying to get me," Romero says.
Romero then admitted to using meth but then decided to end the interview.
Romero is charged with seven counts of attempted murder on a peace officer along with many other charges.
He was wanted for a probation violation when the chase started. Probation officials say he had cut off his ankle monitor.
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