ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - It started with police chasing a pickup truck that was on fire, but the driver wouldn't stop even after police officers shot him with a stun gun.
Witnesses said it looked like a scene from an action movie with police adding the man behind the burning wheel was wanted in Colorado and at one point was even on fire.
Cell phone video shows a red pickup truck completely engulfed in flames after it crashed near Eighth Street SW and Lead Avenue in downtown Albuquerque.
"It was crazy," Lucas Salazar told KRQE News 13. "I mean, how often do you see a truck flying down the road on fire?"
Witnesses said the burning truck drove several blocks before it crashed, and at one point its driver, Elias Miranda, 37, of Arizona, climbed on top of the truck.
"He jumped out of the window like he was like ghost riding the whip," said Salazar. Onlookers were watching the scene unfold in shock.
Police responded, but Miranda took off holding a hammer and a rock.
"They Tased him a couple times, but he just kind of kept running," Salazar continued. "He kept like running up the street with the (Taser) cords still stuck in his back."
Albuquerque police said the Taser was ineffective, and Miranda forced his way into a random victim's home down the road.
"I was kind of scared," said James Herron, who was watching TV when Miranda burst into his kitchen.
"I went up to him. I told him, 'What are you doing? You need to get out,'" Herron recalled. "He didn't say nothing. He just looked out of the kitchen window. That's when I seen an officer standing outside."
Police said Miranda picked up a knife while inside the house, but they were able to talk him out within a few minutes and arrest him before anyone got hurt.
APD told KRQE News 13 Miranda's hair was burned, and he may have been high on drugs.
At this point it isn't clear what exactly he was wanted for in Colorado or why Miranda's truck caught on fire.
"If I wasn't in Albuquerque I don't know man, I don't think I'd see it anywhere else," said Salazar. "It was crazy."
KRQE News 13 didn't find any criminal history for Miranda in New Mexico. Police said Thursday afternoon, he's in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat.
Miranda has an Arizona driver's license, and police said it appears he's on probation there.
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