Witness catches truck fire, chase on camera
Posted at: 10/03/2013 10:11 PM
| Updated at: 10/04/2013 8:23 AM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Downtown Albuquerque looked like an action movie set on Thursday afternoon, complete with a police chase, a pickup truck engulfed in flames and a man running from cops as they shot him with a Taser.
But it was all real, and all caught on video you'll only see on KOB Eyewitness News 4.
The incredible story starts at the intersection of 8th and Lead, where witness Lucas Salazar turned on his cell phone camera at exactly the right moment...
"By the time he jumped out it looked like the fire was all in the cab and everything," Salazar said.
Salazar didn't have time to think when he saw something barreling toward his car this afternoon.
"I saw that red Ford truck, it was on fire, just blazing, going fast," he said.
Within seconds, the truck had crashed into the curb, engulfed in flames. But Salazar says it was already on fire when he saw it coming.
"The guy was hopping out the window and climbing on the roof," he said. "Kept looking back at the cops and forward and he looked like he was going to jump."
APD says that's when driver Elias Miranda crashed his truck, bailed, and started running. Salazar caught the whole thing on video.
"He got up and he had a hammer in his hand, and a few police officers surrounded him with their guns drawn," Salazar said. "They chased him through the neighborhood and they Tased him a couple times but he didn't stop. He kept going. He had the wires. A couple wires stuck in him."
The foot chase ended on 9th and Iron where APD chased Miranda to a house. He ran up to the back door, jimmied it open with a hammer, and went inside.
"And then the cops surrounded the house," Salazar said.
Salazar saw it all from outside, but James Herron had a front row seat.
"I thought it was my wife and my daughter coming in from the store," Herron said, who lives inside the house Miranda used to take cover. "He didn't say nothing, he had a sledge hammer and a rock."
Herron heard police calling to him, and he ran out the front door, leaving Miranda inside until police talked him out.
Cops took Miranda into custody. He has a driver's license out of Arizona and a felony warrant out of Colorado.
Police tell us they were trying to alert Miranda to the fire in his truck when he ran. There's still no word on how that fire started.