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Officers pull woman from burning car

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A few northeast-area Albuquerque Police Department officers working the graveyard shift could be honored as the department’s heroes of the week after they pulled a woman from her car during a fiery crash at Grants Middle School early Sunday morning.

According to APD spokesman Simon Drobik, an officer on random patrol noticed the woman – who has not been identified – driving erratically and tried to follow her, keeping her in and out of sight. The woman allegedly crashed into a pole at the middle school, and the vehicle was in flames when the officer arrived, according to Drobik.

The officer, with help from a sergeant and other officers – Drobik didn’t identify them but said he might today – pulled the unconscious woman, who was partly on fire, from the vehicle.

“They saved her life, this would have come in as a fatal call, a body found in a car,” Drobik said.

Police tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the blaze was too intense, Drobik said.

The woman was in critical but stable condition Sunday and police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, he said.

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