It was a crazy high-speed chase. A suspected drunk driver almost hit a deputy and took out a fence before winding up in a ditch.
Deputies say the chase may have kept going if the driver hadn’t lost a tire.
“He doesn’t have a front driver tire,“ a deputy called out. “He just got stuck.”
It was a late night chase for Taos County sheriff deputies that ended in a ditch.
“Get out of the vehicle!“ a deputy commanded. “Show me your f***ing hands!”
Early on Feb. 17, deputies spotted the silver pickup speeding down State Road 518.
“The last I saw was 68 when I looked at my radar,“ one deputy said to another. “When he went by me it was already at 70 and it’s only 35 right there.”
Police say Irvin Texcahua was behind the wheel. In the passenger seat was a friend he picked up before the chase.
She had a lot to say about the drive.
“We hit a guardrail on our way down and a cop was following us, but we lost him,“ she said.
She went on to say that the airbags deployed and they lost a tire. The sheriff’s department says minutes later, Texcahua almost plowed into a patrol car forcing the deputy off the road.
“You guys almost hit me over there on that side road,“ the deputy said.
“Was it you that came after us after that?“ the passenger asked.
The deputy then asked Texcahua why he was running.
“I was being stupid. I was trying to be a hard-a**,” Texcahua said.
The 20-year-old admitted to drinking and driving, claiming he only had a few shots.
Nearly two hours after officers tried to pull Texcahua over, he took a breathalyzer test that came back with a reading of 0.16. That’s double the legal limit for someone of age.
Texcahau’s had more than his fair share of problems behind the wheel for someone his age. He’s been pulled over at least nine times for everything from reckless driving and expired tags, to driving without a license and now aggravated DWI.