An Albuquerque man steals a Water Utility Authority truck and goes on a wild ride around the city, crashing into other drivers along the way. Now, News 13 has the police lapel video of the chaotic aftermath.
It was hours before police finally caught up with Daniel Haas, putting an end to the trail of destruction he left, last month.
“Everybody okay?” the officer asked a couple of victims, as seen in lapel video obtained by KRQE News 13.
“There are marks on the road because my lift gate was down,” explained an ABCWUA employee in the police video. “We were going to load the saw onto the back of the trailer.”
Haas saw an opportunity and took it. The keys were left in the ignition when the crews were repairing a water line near Coal and Carlisle.
“I turned around and I saw all my guys were here and the truck was gone,” the ABCWUA employee said.
Police say the 27-year-old went on a tirade.
“I heard a honking noise. I looked up and I saw this truck behind me, the water authority truck swerving in and out of traffic,” a witness told police. “He ran the red light and collided with this white van over here.”
Haas got into three separate crashes around town before his joy ride ended at the Circle K near Central and San Pedro. The truck came to a stop when it crashed into the gas station digital price sign, but Haas wasn’t done.
“Several people said he ran that way and down the first block,” a witness told police.
According to a criminal complaint, Haas ran to a nearby neighborhood where witnesses say he started yelling that he had a gun and to get away.
Officers quickly caught up and arrested him, but he didn’t go down without a fight.
“Stop! Don’t kick me,” an officer commanded Haas. “You’ve got charges already, you don’t need to add anymore.”
“I don’t give a f***,” Haas yelled back.
Haas is still behind bars after a judge decided to keep him locked up until trial. He is facing 15 different charges. Haas should not have been driving. His license was revoked after a DWI arrest.