State Police release video of controversial Taos traffic stop

New Mexico

Earlier this week, KRQE News 13 showed viewers a 45-second version of a dramatic traffic stop taken by a passenger in the car.

Thursday, State Police released their version of the video, and say you need to watch this version to see why they’re defending their officers.

It was a dramatic turn of events, a look at both sides of the arrest.

State Police officer: “Get out of the vehicle!”
Driver, Phillip Page: “Calm down.”

Phillip Page and Angela Fisher Herrera were pulled over in February in Taos for not wearing seatbelts.

It’s unclear in the video if the driver was or was not wearing a seatbelt, but what is clear is that the officers asked the driver 14 times for his license and registration.

KRQE News 13 also counted 20 times the officer asked Page to unlock the door or roll down his window. Instead of complying, the two in the car keep arguing.

Fisher Herrera: “You’re acting very hostile.”

Officer: “Because I can’t hear you and there’s wind, so if you could roll it down I could hear you better.”

Fisher-Herrera: “We can hear you fine.”

Officer: “I can’t hear you”

Fisher Herrera: “You pulled us over unlawfully, we had our seatbelts on.”

Officer: “Go ahead and give me your license and insurance driver.”

Page: “I don’t have to identify myself.”

Officer: “You need to identify yourself because this is a traffic stop, ok?”

The officer’s sergeant and other officers were called in to assist.

Second officer: “Can you roll your window down sir? … Sir, I don’t want to break the window but I will. And you need to step out of the vehicle.”

The officer warns them they’re not following lawful orders and are about to get arrested for obstructing.

The couple still doesn’t comply.

The State Police Chief said this week he defends what his officers did, saying their video shows the full story. While the couple maintains police crossed the line and they felt threatened. 

As they were being placed under arrest, the female passenger in the car did not even want to comply with walking to the car and officers had to drag her most of the way.

Both Page and Fisher Herrera are charged with resisting arrest, concealing identity and abuse of 911.

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