Caught on camera: Police chase driver around horse track

9:06 AM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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Hobbs, NM (CNN) - It wasn't an average call that the Hobbs Police Department responded to.

"Nothing like this has happened. The casino's been open for several years and we've never had this type of issue out there before," said Officer Mike Stone of the New Mexico Police Department.

Police say 28-year-old Martin McDonald of Texas broke through a gate at the Zia Park Casino and drove his pickup onto its horse race track.  But it would be a while after they spotted him before police would speak with McDonald.

Officers tried to pull over his pickup truck on the dark track, but he ignored their lights and sirens.  By the time police were called, the security guard had told them McDonald had driven several laps around the track at a high rate of speed and by the time police got there, he wasn't stopping.

"The sergeant was behind him for a lap or so at about 40-miles-per-hour." Still, police say that's fast for this track made for horses out of clay and dirt.

Police step up a barricade and waited for him to stop. When McDonald finally reached a barrier, police surrounded him and ordered him out of the truck.

At this point, officers didn't know if McDonald was armed or if someone was with him.

Police spent nearly ten minutes talking McDonald out of his truck and he finally came out.

They say he was too drunk to perform a field sobriety test and he eventually passed out in the back of the patrol car.

"If he passed out in the back of the officer's vehicle, he could have passed out while he was driving down the road," which police say they were thankful did not happen.

McDonald is facing several charges including DWI and resisting an officer.

The casino estimates he caused nearly $40,000 in damages.


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