Updated: 12/09/2013 10:14 PM |
Created: 12/09/2013 5:27 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies are breathing a sigh of relief Monday night.
They say 43-year-old Gar Medina led them on a wild chase in a stolen pickup truck.
Medina even rammed a deputy's unit. Fortunately, that deputy is okay.
"Tonight there was someone watching over us because there was nobody seriously injured," Sgt. Aaron Williamson said.
Monday's chase is just the latest example of Medina's long criminal history. It's clear from his rap sheet that Medina likes to steal cars and to assault and run from cops.
Medina's criminal record starts in 1999 with a first degree murder charge that was dismissed. In 2006, Medina pops up again for assaulting a peace officer and stealing a car.
The pattern repeats itself in 2008, 2009, 2012 and finally, in April 2013.
So we wanted to know: Why is Medina even in a position to lead cops on another chase?
"Hopefully he'll get the time he deserves behind bars," said Williamson. "Obviously the punishment that he's received in the past, hasn't sent him the correct message."
How does a man with a long history of running from cops and stealing cars do it again, and again?
"I think his history is pretty self-explanatory," Williamson said.
His history may seem self-explanatory - but yet again, Medina has run from police.
Monday's chase started when the owners of the truck Medina stole spotted it in Rio Rancho. They called police, who chased him from Coors and Paseo to Jefferson and I-25.
The truck Medina stole is no regular vehicle. There's a large after-market bull bar on the front.
Police say the driver intentionally rammed a deputy during the course of the chase.
"If he's willing to ram a fully marked law enforcement vehicle, this is an individual who doesn't care about anybody but himself," Williamson said.