An Albuquerque man is accused of stealing a vehicle from an Albuquerque Fire Rescue Station, causing a pursuit with local police.
Albuquerque police say Anthony Pacheco stole an AFR Chevrolet Tahoe from a bay at AFR Station 5 early Thursday morning. Pacheco drove the vehicle to an area near Western Skies, tossing rescue equipment into the road as he drove around recklessly with sirens and lights on, according to authorities.
When officers discovered the vehicle a pursuit took place, and Pacheco is accused of trying to hit an officer with the stolen Tahoe. Eventually, the vehicle crashed into another citizen’s vehicle in the area of Lomas and San Mateo.
Authorities say that citizen was not injured and was escorted away.
Police say Pacheco took off in the vehicle yet again until he stopped at a dead end near Wellesley and Crest. According to officers, Pacheco exited the Tahoe wearing an AFR jacket and stood on top of the vehicle before flipping officers off then stepping down and mooning authorities before he was taken into custody.
“At some point, got out of the car, put an AFR jacket on, did a Michael Jackson dance on top of the car, mooned us, flipped us off,” said Ofc. Simon Drobik.
Albuquerque Police say that Anthony Pacheco is currently being booked. It is unknown how the suspect was able to access the vehicle.
AFR has increased security in recent years at all of its fire stations due to break-ins. Thieves have stolen firefighters vehicles, equipment, and personal belongings from stations in years past.