Police: Albuquerque dad runs from police, flips car with infant daughter inside


On Monday night, Albuquerque police say a man trying to get away from an officer hit a family’s car, crashed into a guardrail and rolled his SUV several times, all with his baby inside.

“Not only did he put that baby at risk, and his passengers, he put my passengers at risk. My daughter’s life at risk,” said Desiree Gabaldon.

Gabaldon and her daughter were driving on Montgomery when she noticed a car speeding up behind them. She instantly got a bad feeling.

“He’s going to slam right behind me and totally crush us,” said Gabaldon.

Gabaldon’s gut feeling was right. 

Minutes before, an Albuquerque Police Officer noticed a gray SUV driving erratically without its lights on. When the officer tried to pull the driver over, he says the man took off.

Police say that man is 20-year-old Antonio Barrera. 

Police and Gabaldon say Barrera hit her car, then fishtailed into a guardrail. Police say he was driving so fast that impact caused his SUV to go airborne. His SUV flipped several times and landed on the roof.

Gabaldon says she saw two men lying outside of the car and a woman, still sitting in the back seat, was clutching a car seat.

“My heart sank to my stomach because there was a little baby,” said Gabaldon.

Gabaldon said, at first, the baby was silent and she feared the worst. After what felt like forever, she heard the baby cry and saw her move.

Barrera, his infant daughter, and the car’s two other passengers were all taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

While there, police say Barrera told them he didn’t remember anything about the accident but was concerned for his infant daughter. 

At the time of the accident, Barrera had two felony warrants for his arrest and was driving on a suspended license. 

As of Thursday night, he was still locked up in MDC.

There is no update on the baby’s condition.

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