A spike strip stopped two suspected car thieves, however, the driver got away in a stashed stolen car before leading police on a chase across the entire city of Albuquerque.
It happened on Nov. 27, when Albuquerque Police say they got a call about a stolen white Cadillac Escalade.
Police say, three people, John Trujillo, Andrew Perkins, and Shantele Santillanes, were inside that car. What the trio didn’t know is that there was a lo-jack in that Escalade and it led police right to them.
This is not seen in the police video, but officers say they set up spike strips near Central and Atrisco to stop the car. The strip did pop two of the tires and all three suspects fled.
Police quickly caught up with Santillanes and Perkins, but they say Trujillo ran to another stolen, stashed car he just happened to have parked at that intersection.
Officers say Trujillo jumped in the Ford F-150, rammed an officer’s car and then took off.
According to audio in police lapel video, Trujillo tried to shake officers by getting on and off I-40, then taking surface streets until he ended up on Paseo Del Norte.
Officers were pursuing Trujillo both in the air and on the ground.
They finally stopped Trujillo just outside the Sandia Casino.
In lapel video, you see an officer struggling to get his spike strip out. The officer throws it on the road, but it wasn’t fast enough to stop Trujillo.
That’s when Trujillo went into the right-hand turn off Tramway onto Rainbow at about 50 mph. In the video, you see the car tip onto two wheels, hit the median and then flip.
Officers surround the truck, got an injured Trujillo in handcuffs and then to the hospital for treatment of unnamed injuries.
Three days later, Trujillo was booked into MDC. Trujillo has a long criminal history including auto theft and shoplifting, dating back 11 years to his 18th birthday.
All three suspects are charged with auto theft. Trujillo is also charged with crimes relating to the chase.