Man who led deputies on chase faces judge

Created: 12/10/2013 5:41 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The man who led deputies on a high speed chase in Albuquerque yesterday met a judge today.

Gar Medina has been in trouble with the law dating back to 1989.

But today, his public defender offered some explanation for his illegal actions.

“You've been advised of the charges against you, Mr. Medina,” said Judge Sharon Walton in Metro Court.

“Yes, ma'am," answered Gar Medina.

Other than that, Medina stood silent in court.

That’s a far cry from the man accused of stealing a white truck in Rio Rancho and leading the truck’s owners as well as deputies and police on a wild chase from Coors and Paseo to Jefferson and I-25.

The criminal complaint says the 43-year-old intentionally tried to hit several deputy and police cars and ended up ramming a deputy’s cruiser three times.

After a short foot chase, police K9s helped bring down Medina.

Once in custody, deputies say they found tools to steal a vehicle as well as meth inside his backpack.

In court, we heard Medina has a long criminal history in New Mexico and Colorado including 16 felonies and four convictions.

Medina also has two felonies pending from earlier this year for receiving a stolen vehicle, his second offense and receiving stolen property.

But in court, a public defender says there’s a reason for all this:

"Mr. Medina does have some mental conditions including PTSD that cause him to do some of these things,” she said.

Bond is set at $100,000 cash or surety.

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