ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two Albuquerque police officers were transported to the hospital Monday after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.
The crash happened just after midnight.
According to the criminal complaint, the two officers were responding to a call to assist a third officer.
Police say just as the two pulled out of a parking lot onto Menaul near Princeton, 42-year-old Gerard Martinez hit them from behind. APD said Martinez was traveling nearly 70 mph when he crashed into the police SUV.
According to the criminal complaint, another officer spotted Martinez, before the crash, just a few block east of Carlisle. The officer stated the black Mitsubishi that Martinez was driving, was weaving in and and out traffic lanes. APD said when the officer went to pull him over, Martinez’s “driving was erratic and that of which was an ill regard for life.” So the officer backed-off.
After the crash police had Martinez take a four different field sobriety tests. At first, Martinez told them he couldn’t.
Martinez: “I have depression.”
Officer: “That keeps you from walking or balancing?”
According to police Martinez also had two 19-year-olds in the car with him at the time of the crash. Police said they were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to APD, Martinez blew more than three times the legal limit.
This is not Martinez’s first run-in with police. KRQE News 13 learned Martinez has a history of driving under the influence. He’s been convicted three other times since 1995 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Martinez admitted to police to drinking two beers earlier in the night at a friend’s house. He was arrested and booked on aggravated DWI.
The police officers were transported to the hospital but later released.