Albuquerque Police are investigating a police stop that caused a police car to run over a woman’s leg.
The initial report stated that an infamous car thief Majestic Howard was being pursued by APD. Authorities say Howard stole an SUV and had three other occupants with him. While driving around the city, the stolen car was spotted and police began the chase. The pursuit began on the westbound lanes of I-40 and lasted about 20 minutes. Knowing Howard’s history, police were careful in their pursuit to minimize civilian casualties. However, this did not make a difference as Howard was still driving recklessly and putting innocent lives in danger.
After Howard finished driving into oncoming traffic, officers decided enough was enough and used a PIT maneuver to end the chase. The PIT maneuver was successful in stopping the vehicle and at least two of the occupants tried to flee. A police dash cam shows an officer taking down one of the passengers who tried to escape. Once officers had all suspects 0ut of the car, another officer arrived at the scene and jumped out of his car. The officer forgot to put his vehicle in park and the squad car started rolling towards the suspects. A video shows an officer leaping out of the way of the car and a woman being hit.
The woman’s leg was pinned beneath the vehicle and police then worked to free her. She was not charged with any crime and taken to the hospital with a severe leg injury. The woman has chosen not to be identified to the public. Howard and the rest of the passengers were arrested but charges for Howard were dropped after he was declared mentally unfit. At this time, it is not clear if the woman who was hit will file a suit against APD. We will let you know if the situation changes.
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