FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) - A deadly crash caused by a suspected drunk driver and the events leading to it were captured on police video released to KRQE News 13 Friday.
It started shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday with a call of a driver at the Farmington Walmart staggering and dropping his keys.
A Farmington Police Department officer tracked down that driver at a gas station on West Broadway Avenue. The man being questioned in the video is Ladell Light, 37, a man with two DWI convictions.
He denies he's been drinking, but the officer is skeptical and says he doesn't believe Light.
The officer talks to Light for a while, searches his vehicle and finds alcohol. Light blames the open bottle of vodka on a hitchhiker and starts to get uneasy.
"You are not under arrest right now," the officer says. "Relax or you are going to be under arrest."
The two begin to struggle back and forth before the officer pulls out his Taser.
"Ladell, relax," the officer says. "You are not going anywhere. You are about to get tased."
A stun-gun dart fails to stop Light who speeds out of the gas station heading west on Broadway.
Another officer is preparing to pull out when Light blows by him. Light is hard to catch and barely can be seen in the distance on the video as the chase moves onto Main Street.
Officers say he sideswiped one car but kept going.
Then, just as a white truck enters an intersection of Main and La Plata Highway, Light blasts through a red light. When officers pull up they realize just how bad the crash is.
Two guys get out of the white truck obviously shaken. The driver is walking, but his passenger collapses on the pavement.
But the person who got the worst of it was Light.
"Can you hear me?" an officer says to the dying man.
"We need to get him out of car, open an airway," a second officer says.
Light was taken to the hospital where he died just before 7 p.m.
The passenger from the truck was taken to a hospital for treatment of a back injury and is expected to recover.
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