It was a Wednesday night earlier this month when a driver sped past a State Police officer as he patrolled I-25 near Montano.
The officer’s lights and sirens went on, but the driver just kept going. While getting on the Big-I, it looked like the driver tried to shake the officer.
“Oh, he’s going west…east,” said the officer.
As the driver and officer then got onto Interstate 40, the chase continued.
“Speeds have jumped up to 89,” said the officer; and they continued to increase. In the police report, officers said at one point the vehicle exceeded 100 mph.
“It looks like he’s gonna try and get off at Louisiana,” said the officer.
The driver almost hit an SUV on the exit ramp. Moments later, there was another close call when the driver almost hit a car again, before the driver made a stop near Lomas.
The driver was identified as Sirius Eriacho. Once he stopped, he and his passenger quickly exited the car.
“Hands up! Get down on the ground! Get down on the ground. Get down on the ground. Now,” said the officer.
Eriacho put the car in park as officers guns were drawn.
“Get down on the f***ing ground. Get on the ground,” said the officer.
The officer quickly detected alcohol was involved.
“So how much alcohol did you consume tonight?” the officer asked Eriacho.
Eriacho replied, “I consumed, basically, about 1 pint shared between the rest of us.”
Police found a pint of vodka inside the car, and during a sobriety test, Eriacho didn’t do well.
“Right now you’re being placed under arrest for driving under the influence,” said the officer.
Eriacho blew above a 0.16. He was driving on a revoked license, from a previous DWI.