An Albuquerque man faces multiple charges after police say he fired a gun out a car window in a fit of road rage and subsequently crashed into a wall, causing the car to catch on fire.
Police said the incident started on westbound Interstate 40 at Rio Grande, approaching Coors, around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Two people told officers that Ramon Hernandez, 42, was driving aggressively and changing speeds so that they were unable to pass him. They told police that Hernandez pulled up beside their vehicle and rolled down a window, at which point they heard a gunshot and saw the car speed away. The two followed Hernandez as they contacted police, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. Hernandez’s car then crashed into a block wall on Milne Road and caught fire.
Hernandez told officers that the other driver was aggressively. He said that he has been mugged in the past, and was afraid of the other driver, so he fired a “warning shot” at the back of the vehicle, according to the complaint. Hernandez told police that he was driving erratically in order to get away from the other vehicle, which is why he crashed.
Police recovered a gun underneath a trash bag outside of a home on Estancia NW. Hernandez explained that he walked to the home after the crash hoping to borrow a phone in order to call 911. He said he hid the gun outside so that he wouldn’t scare the resident. The gun had been reported stolen, but Hernandez said he purchased it at a pawn shop about two months ago.
He is charged with aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.