ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who admitted to stealing a police bait car and shooting at officers will spend the next 10 years behind bars. Christian Wood was in front of Judge Angela Jewell for a sentencing hearing Thursday.
Back in January, he stole a bait car near Gibson and Yale. Video showed him using tools to the start ignition as he kept an eye on his surroundings. Later, he picked up a couple of passengers, and then the group drove around casing other vehicles. Police followed the car to an apartment complex near the Big-I where they disabled it.
Wood did not make it easy to catch him. APD said he hopped into another stolen car driven by his girlfriend and led police on a chase across town. At one point he fired shots toward an officer’s car. No one was hurt. Police lost track of him that day but caught him two weeks later in another stolen car and took him into custody.
Wood pled guilty to the charges in March. Wood took a plea deal for violating his probation on other cases going back to 2015. In exchange, the charges of fleeing police and aggravated assault on an officer were dropped.
For the charges he admitted to, Wood could have faced more than 35 years in prison. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for all of his charges.