Shocking video shows a man brawling with a police officer, then leading police on a high-speed chase.
KRQE News 13 has learned that man, Alex Martinez, was caught, then convicted of those crimes, but won’t serve any time for them.
“It’s unfortunate. The type of crime that happened, the type of time that he’s getting,” said Officer Simon Drobik, the PIO for the Albuquerque Police Department.
Last March, a veteran APD officer pulled over 31-year-old Alex Martinez. Martinez lied to the officer about who he was in an attempt to hide the fact he had multiple warrants out for his arrest.
Parked outside the Jersey Mike’s at Coors and I-40, Martinez refused to get out of his car. The officer tased Martinez twice after Martinez had refused commands and tried to grab the officer’s taser himself. The two started wrestling and the officer said Martinez even tried to grab his gun.
Martinez then tried to flee on foot, before circling back to his car. The officer tried to trap Martinez in his car between the cruiser and another car, but Martinez was able to squeeze out.
His escape started a high-speed chase down I-40 and I-25, where Martinez hit several other cars. The officers were able to stop Martinez at I-25 and Avenida Cesar Chavez with a PIT maneuver.
Martinez was arrested that day and a judge ordered him to stay behind bars until his trial. However, that is the only jail time he will serve in this case.
The District Attorney’s Office says none of the three people who witnessed the fight were willing to testify. They say that made the charges of ‘aggravated battery of a police officer’ and ‘disarming a peace officer’ too difficult to prove.
Martinez was also facing aggravated fleeing charges, but the DA’s office completely dropped that because the officer ‘lost sight’ of Martinez during the chase multiple times.
So, they gave Martinez a sweet deal. Martinez pleaded no contest and got all of his four and a half year sentence suspended. He now only has to serve three years probation.
For APD, this is a disappointing sentence.
“I’d just like to remind the public that if an individual is going to attack an officer and display this type of behavior, what would he do to a civilian?” said Officer Drobik.