Albuquerque man is crying, yelling throughout a weird DWI cease on I-40

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A DWI stop in Albuquerque created a bizarre scene along I-40. A man with a long criminal history cries, screams, and struggles to get up. New Mexico state police said Benjamin Benavides drove in and out of traffic, hit the hard shoulder, pulled the brakes and cut people off. When the police arrested him, things only escalated.

It all started earlier this month on I-40 and San Mateo when police said 31-year-old Benjamin Benavides drove recklessly. Police said Benavides also had a Glock and pipes in the car. “Reckless driving, emotional weirdness …” described one officer. “He had a gun in the middle.”

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When stopped, Benavides told police he was gunshot after he accidentally shot himself in the stomach a few days earlier. Police said he admitted he had two or three shots and got extremely emotional. Then he got angry. “F – all of you,” said Benavides in the police video.

The officers tried to get him into the back of the police car. “I have a gunshot wound in the abdomen,” said Benavides. “I can not. I can not.”

Once inside, the police report said he hit his head almost a dozen times. When he got to the state police headquarters, police said he tried to kick medical personnel, asked the police to kill him, and tried to hit his head on the floor of the detention cell. “Ben, I’m worried you might hit your head on the floor again,” said someone in the office. “Are you going to do that?”

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He cursed and tried to spit at the police while they tried to get him on the stretcher to be hospitalized. After all this, he thanks the police. “You know what, Officer,” asked Benavides. “I respect you in your job. Thank you for saving my a–. ”

Benavides has been charged with assaulting a health care worker, assaulting a peace officer, aggravating the DWI, and more. Benavides has an extensive criminal history, including multiple crime charges and a past DWI. He will see a judge next month on these recent charges.

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