Last week, Albuquerque police responded to a crash involving one of their own near University and Menaul. The officer had been hit by two women in a white Corolla.
“This is my car. I’m not allowed to drive it,” said a woman, who police thought was the passenger.
The officer asked, “Why?” and Danielle Lujan replied, “Cause I don’t have an interlock in it. I have an interlock license.”
Lujan, 21, didn’t have an interlock for a DWI she got last year.
“You guys didn’t switch seats did you?” asked a female officer. Lujan replied, “No.”
Police were quickly becoming suspicious of her story about the crash.
“She has an interlock and she’s not supposed to be driving, and they’re totally lying about it,” said the female officer to another officer on scene.
After the officer spoke with police and witnesses who said the two women switched seats, one officer tried to get them to come clean.
“So tell me, who was the driver of the vehicle? Cause like I said, we’ve got cameras at the intersection…” an officer said.
“Honestly, it was me, sir.” Lujan replied.
She finally came clean and said she was distracted when she drove into the intersection while at a red light.
“I hopped out of the car and I went to the other side,” she told the officer. “I was paying attention to my dog, and I shouldn’t have been paying attention to my dog, honestly.”
The officer suspected she was either drunk or high.
“Have you smoked marijuana today?” the officer asked.
“I have. Yes,” Lujan replied.
She said she lied because she didn’t have an interlock in her car.
“I honestly don’t want to go to jail for this s***, to be honest,” said Lujan.
She was arrested under suspicion of DWI, but she blew a point zero.
Lujan was never charged with a DWI. She was, however, charged with driving on a revoked license from a DWI and failing to obey a traffic signal.
Just one month after Lujan got a DWI last year, she was charged for driving on a revoked license. That case was dismissed.