A Bernalillo County sergeant will stand trial on charges he beat up a man during an arrest.
A judge made that ruling Monday after hearing from fellow deputies who saw what happened that day.
A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputy took the stand Monday and says he watched as Sergeant David Priemazon kicked a suspect in the face.
“While searching for his hands, I observed the subject’s head being kicked once. I looked up in the direction of where the kick came and saw my sergeant standing there,” Deputy Andrew Limon said.
The 21-year veteran of the force is accused of using excessive force on Christopher Lucero.
Deputies say Lucero drove toward oncoming traffic, then toward people walking near Arenal and Atrisco. They chased him until Lucero’s car hit a curb and crashed.
Priemazon’s supervisor at the time also claimed he went too far during the arrest, kicking Lucero in the face, sending him to the hospital.
During a preliminary hearing Monday, Priemazon’s attorney argued it was actually Deputy Limon who used deadly force when he initiated a PIT maneuver on the car driving at a high rate of speed.
“We can’t wait to get in front of a jury. This is a case…that this law enforcement officer who has served this community for so many years…We need to get rid of this case immediately and we will when it comes trial time,” defense attorney Sam Bregman said.
However, the judge ruled there was enough evidence for Sergeant Priemazon to stand trial on a charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
BCSO launched an internal investigation into Priemazon after his arrest and he was placed on administrative leave.