Video: Man admits to police he was drinking and driving near The Pit

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Driving on three tires toward crowds of people, police say they caught a drunk driver before he could do something tragic as fans were pouring into a Lobo basketball game.

In the video, the driver admits to police right away that he’d been drinking. He even tells them to take him to jail. 

As the Lobos were making their way onto the court, outside The PIT one man knew exactly where he was headed.

“Take me to jail, take me to jail,” said Benjie Candelaria. 

Fans were still pouring into the big game against Nevada a week and a half ago.

“Let’s get these people across. Go ahead guys,” an officer said. 

Officers stopped 59-year-old Benjie Candelaria as he was heading down Avenida Cesar Chavez by The PIT on three tires.

Driving toward a crowd of pedestrians at a busy crossing, officers were sure right away Candelaria was hammered and Candelaria didn’t deny it. 

“My f***ing  brakes gives out,” Candelaria said. 

“Your brakes gave out, you’re missing a whole tire,” an officer said. 

“I know, I’m all f***ed up because I was drinking,” Candelaria said.

He then stumbled out of the Ford F-150.

Police say his truck matched the description from a hit-and-run crash near UNM just minutes earlier.

The DWI stop ended the way Candelaria predicted it would.

Candelaria has a lengthy criminal history, including charges for burglary and assault on a police officer. 

Police say he already has five DWI convictions and was driving on a revoked license. Candelaria told police he was driving was his sister’s truck.

Until recently, Albuquerque Police would have taken that truck and auctioned it off. However, the city has suspended its DWI seizure program in the wake of a state supreme court ruling.

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