ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Newly released video shows the DWI arrest that got Lobo basketball star Carlton Bragg kicked off the team.
Bragg appeared cool and collected when police stopped him at the checkpoint, but after performing poorly on sobriety tests, cops put on the cuffs.
It was January 12 when former UNM basketball player Carlton Bragg left downtown and drove through a DWI checkpoint at Coal and Broadway.
Officer: “Alright man, go and step around the corner. You are tall, man.”
Quickly Bragg’s height became a focus of the investigation.
Officer: “You’re a little bit taller, so it’s gonna be a little bit different.”
The officer started by testing Bragg’s vision, asking him to sit on his unit so that he was in view of the officer’s camera.
Officer: “I have to do this a little bit different with you because you’re a lot taller than me.”
He then asked how tall Bragg was, who then replied, “6’11.” ”
Bragg didn’t do well on the first test and continued to turn his head when the officer asked him to move his eyes from side to side. Then, the officer tried another test, and Bragg tried making excuses.
Bragg: “Can I, like, warm up a little bit? Like, it’s really, like, shivering. My body is, like, really cold. Like, I’m honestly, like, shivering.”
Officer: “If you wanna do some jumping jacks before this test, knock yourself out, man.”
After the final test, the cuffs went on.
Officer” “Put your hands behind your back.”
Bragg: “Are you serious?”
He then continued to try getting out of the situation, saying his girlfriend was a lawyer and the cops were taking away his rights.
Officer: “This is done. You start acting like a fool, we will just book you.”
Bragg then accused the officers of failing to record the arrest.
Bragg: “Why’s it not on right now? Why are you not recording right now is what I’m saying?”
Officer: “It’s pointing at you. It’s capturing all your dumb remarks.”
Police say Bragg refused to take a breathalyzer test, which is an automatic aggravated DWI. While he was being booked into jail, an officer also found marijuana on him.
This incident was the final straw for Bragg, who has since been removed from the Lobo basketball team. Prosecutors are still reviewing allegations that he sexually assaulted another student this past summer.