Video shows accused drunk driver’s arrest one month before deadly crash


The man accused of driving drunk and crashing into another driver, killing him last month, had a run with officers just a month earlier.

New video shows Joshua Appelgate apologizing to officers and pleaded for them not to arrest him. 

In February, an Albuquerque police officer clocked Applegate going at least 30 miles over the speed limit on Coors.

“Sorry about that. I, I know I was speeding, I was just trying to be polite,” Appelgate said. 

According to the criminal complaint, Appelgate was going 76 mph in a 45 mph zone.

When the second officer arrived, Appelgate told him he was speeding because he was running late to pick up his girlfriend. 

During field sobriety tests, following instructions proved pretty difficult for the 23-year-old. He was eventually arrested and charged with DWI.

It only took a month before Appelgate wound up in trouble again. Police said he hit and killed another driver near Unser and McMahon last month.

Thursday, he was charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence. During his first arrest back at the prisoner transport center, all Appelgate could think about was getting out of jail.

“I should be able to have a bail within, like, in five seconds, right?” he said.

After his first arrest, Appelgate was ordered to have an ignition interlock in his car. Police have not said if he was driving someone else’s car in the deadly crash last month.

It may be more difficult to get out of jail this time around. Prosecutors have filed a motion to keep Appelgate locked up until trial, arguing there are no conditions of release that would keep the community safe.

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