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NMSP officer hit by suspected drunk driver speaks out

Created: 07/03/2014 6:06 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a moment that could have ended everything for New Mexico State Police Officer Carlos Verdugo: An accused drunk driver hit him while he was inside his patrol car.

Miraculously, just days after the crash, he's home.

Verdugo was just starting his career in law enforcement, and a life with the girl of his dreams.

Last month he proposed to his girlfriend and got an exciting surprise.

"I'm beyond excited," Verdugo said. "Like I said, I just proposed not too long ago, everything happened for a reason. We found out she was pregnant. It was probably the happiest I have ever been."

Verdugo and his fiancée have everything to live for.

"We just bought a house, we have been so excited about the house," Verdugo's fiancée Alexandra DeLeon, said.  “You know, the baby--we have a doctor's appointment to listen to the heartbeat next week."

And in an instant, the life he'd planned was almost shattered by a suspected drunk driver.

Verdugo was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Navajo and US 62 in Hobbs Saturday when police say Jason Allred slammed into him.

Officer Verdugo has no memory of the crash. He says the next thing he remembers is waking up the next morning at 7 a.m. in the hospital.

“From the waist up, everything hurts," Verdugo said.

The officer's uniform had to be cut off his body.

"I was told I was covered in blood and gasoline," he said.

It's hard to imagine anyone was able to walk away from the accident.

Verdugo is sore, but other than cuts and bruising, no major injuries.

"I don't say it's just a miracle, I just think God doesn't want me to go yet," Verdugo said.

"I asked myself, what would I do? What would I have to explain to the baby? But then I remember that if it did happen, I had to remember that he went down as a hero," DeLeon said.

Verdugo isn't sure when he'll return to the force.

The woman Verdugo had stopped was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Jason Allred is charged with driving drunk, reckless driving and causing great bodily harm.


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