Witness video shows confrontation that led to police chase, crash on I-25

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People inside an Albuquerque Jersey Mike’s Sandwich Shop watched as an ordinary traffic stop turn into a cross-town police chase.

Video taken Tuesday afternoon, shows an Albuquerque Police Officer wrestling with a suspect, 31-year-old Alex Martinez.

According to the criminal complaint, the officer pulled Martinez over. The officer says Martinez gave him false information. 

The officer says he then learned Martinez had outstanding felony warrants. KRQE News 13 discovered the warrants stemmed from two incidents where Martinez violated his probation and was accused of abusing a child.

The officer asked Martinez to step out of the car, but he resisted the officer. 

The officer says he tased Martinez twice but the “taser had little effect.” The officer says Martinez also tried to grab his gun.

During the struggle, Martinez fled on foot. Yet, video shows Martinez circling back around and hopping into his vehicle.

Video shows Martinez driving his vehicle up on the sidewalk right outside the sandwich shop. 

In an attempt to stop Martinez, the officer tried to trap Martinez’ vehicle between his and an empty car nearby, but Martinez got away.

The officer says Martinez was driving around 90 mph through residential areas and hit 120 mph once he got onto I-40.

Officers caught Martinez for good when they performed a PITT maneuver on his car at I-25 and Avenida Cesar Chavez.

There, he was arrested.

Wednesday, Martinez was supposed to make his first appearance in court but the defense attorney said he refused to come out of his cell.

Martinez is being held on a no-bond hold. 

A district court judge will decide whether or not to hold him until trial. He is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing and disarming a peace officer.

During the chase, police say Martinez hit at least five cars along the way. They’re now asking anyone who got caught up in the incident to come forward.

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