Hobbs man charged with sixth DWI after crashing into police cruiser


HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – What started as a call about a man trying to run a random woman over, led to a high-speed chase and dramatic confrontation as an officer came face-to-face with the driver.

That driver led Hobbs Police on a high speed chase through a residential neighborhood. Just when the officer was getting out of his car to lay down spike sticks, the driver did the unexpected.

โ€œWeโ€™ve got a felony crime — aggravated assault,โ€ said the officer in pursuit.

It was around 11 p.m. last Thursday when the Hobbs Police Department responded to a call from a woman saying someone was trying to run her over.

โ€œWhen they got there, they initiated their emergency equipment and thatโ€™s when the vehicle fled and the pursuit was initiated,โ€ said Captain Shane Blevins of the Hobbs Police Department.

Then the high-speed chase began.

Behind the wheel of the Cadillac, was Leonardo Marquez.

According to Blevins, an officer in the area was trying to set up spike sticks and, โ€œwhen he was about to stop to get out, the vehicle turned and intentionally crashed into the front his vehicle.โ€

In the body cam video, the officer involved in the accident explains what happened: โ€œI was stopped right here. I was getting ready to get out. I had my stop sticks.โ€

Fifty feet away from the crash scene, officers were able to catch 25-year-old Leonardo Marquez.

โ€œHe was heavily intoxicated, which he was subsequently charged for his sixth offense DWI that night and several other charges,โ€ Blevins said.

Police say Marquez was going 30 mph when he slammed into the police cruiser. Heโ€™s still behind bars, charged with a long list of felonies.

The officer only reported minor injuries.

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