Alleged drunk driver plows into parked police unit

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It was just after midnight on March 18, outside the Boxcar bar in Santa Fe, when police were looking for a suspect. Then the unexpected happened, steering officers in a new direction. 

“We came over here to assist 326… I was headed towards this direction, I thought this was the vehicle our suspect was in,” said an officer in dash cam video.

A driver had taken officers by surprise.

“He hit the passenger side of 326’s car, scraped all the way around it and then turned and made a right hand turn into the minivan, and scrapped all the way against that,” said the officer on scene. 

Police said Glenn Hatchel was the one behind the wheel when he hit a parked police unit and a minivan.

‘The whole time I’m flashing my flashlight, telling him to stop stop, stop, stop, stop,” said the officer. 

According to police, Hatchel almost ran them over. 

“He continues to drive in towards me, so I jump out of the way,” said the officer.  

When officers asked Hatchel what he’d had to drink, he said he’d had two Jameson and Gingers. 

With that statement and the smell of alcohol on his breath, officers tested him. 

During the field sobriety tests, Hatchel could barely stand up, or keep his ballance.

“He stopped the test. He stopped,” said the officer conducting the sobriety tests. 

Hatchel then tried to make excuses, saying he tore a tendon on his left foot a few months before, which would likely prevent him from being able to take the test.  

The officer told him to use his uninjured foot, but Hatchel did just the opposite. 

“He’s using the foot that is hurt,” said the officer quietly. 

Hatchel was then placed in handcuffs, under arrest for aggravated DWI. 

“Yeah, I guess you almost ran over a couple of officers too,” said the officer to Hatchel. 

In the video, Santa Fe Police said significant damage was done to the police unit hit in that crash. Hatchel was released from jail on bond, and placed on GPS monitoring. 

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