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Española man gets court date for attempting to run over LAPD officer

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By Bennett Horne

An Española man accused of trying to run a Los Alamos police officer over with his car has had his original trial date postponed until next month.

Luis Martinez, 18, was schedule to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning. But since his public defender was just assigned to the case his hearing date has been pushed back to April 27.

Martinez is charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer as well as two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count each of conspiracy, driving while under influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

According to documents filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on Dec. 5, Corporal James Keane stated he had attempted to stop a shoplifter, and the driver had then attempted to run him over. He later stated he had been serving paperwork at Smith’s and when he exited the store he saw two males exit the north side doors. A silver Pontiac then pulled up near the males and the two males, who were walking very quickly carrying their own bags, got into the back seat of the vehicle. Keane then began to yell at the driver to stop the vehicle. He said he could clearly hear the passengers yelling at the driver, “Go! Go! Go!”

Keane, who was near the front of the vehicle, said he put his hand on the vehicle near the front, driver’s side headlight. He had his other hand up, signaling the driver to stop.

According to the report the driver then hit the gas and accelerated towards Keane, who had to move quickly to avoid being struck by the vehicle. He drew his service weapon but the vehicle went by him. It was at that point that Keane called for another unit over his radio.

The court documents reveal that the vehicle then left the parking lot and was later stopped at the dead end on Arroyo Lane. At that point, Keane asked Martinez why he had attempted to run him over, but Martinez stated he did not try to run him over. He said that he did not know that Keane was a police officer, but instead believed he was a security officer.

Keane was wearing a Los Alamos Police Department polo shirt with a badge on the left chest side, a handgun and a gun belt with other items. Martinez again denied that he tried to strike Keane with his vehicle.

While documenting the contents of the vehicle, detectives located marijuana below the driver’s seat and a bong in the back seat. They also located the two bags that Keane had seen the two males leave the store with and inside the bags they found seven boxes of Crown Royal, with an approximate value of $36.99 each ($277.86 with tax total).

During the course of the administration of a field sobriety test, LAPD Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias asked Martinez if he could cross his eyes normally. He stated that he has a phobia of crossing his eyes because he has seen videos where individuals get stuck with their eyes like that.

Because of that she did not complete a lack of convergence test on him, instead asking him if he knew what odd numbers were, and he stated that he did. She asked him to count from 67 to 43 using odd numbers. Martinez stated, “67, 65, 63, 57, 55, 53, 47, 45, 43.” When Salazar-Casias asked if he was done he said he forgot nine, and that he wasn’t “too sharp at math,” but that he was “better at reading.”

When she asked him to recite the alphabet from E to T, he stated he was “a little rusty” in the alphabet and “not good at wordy stuff.” He was unable to do any of the alphabet and then failed a finger dexterity test.

At that point he was taken to the booking area by Keane and provided with a copy of the probable cause statement