Albuquerque man tries to run from police during DWI stop

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He’s a repeat drunk driver who just can’t seem to learn his lesson, even trying to run away from police more than once.

State Police say an officer noticed Steven Kirkpatrick speeding on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe, late last month.

He tried to flee when an officer tried to pull him over.

According to a criminal complaint, shortly after he tried to drive away, police finally caught up with Kirkpatrick. Officers asked him why he took off and if he had anything to drink.

He denied drinking any alcohol.

Kirkpatrick is then cuffed and again, police asked him why he tried to flee.

Kirkpatrick: “I never saw you.”
Officer: “You pulled over with my lights on. I can show you the video.”

Again, officers ask him if he’s had any alcohol.

Officer: “How much have you had to drink?”
Kirkpatrick: “A little bit.”

Police say Kirkpatrick agreed to do a sobriety test, but it didn’t come without a warning from officers.

Officers could see Kirkpatrick struggle to walk a straight line, and just as the officer tries to place him under arrest, he takes off again.

The officer then reminded Kirkpatrick of the warning he was given before the sobriety test started.

Still, Kirkpatrick swears he’s innocent.

Kirkpatrick: “I was not driving.”

He did have one question for officers.

Kirkpatrick: “So can I ask you, is it like Albuquerque, where they just let you out with a warning?” 

Kirkpatrick is charged with Aggravated DWI, Careless Driving, and Resisting an Officer.

This isn’t the first time Steven Kirkpatrick has been in trouble with the law. This is his third DWI arrest in four years.

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