By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos police officers arrested Tyler Webb of Los Alamos Monday after he was seen heading southbound on Diamond Drive operating his yellow motorcycle at a high rate of speed.
Webb, 36, refused to pull over when Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias pulled up behind him and flashed her patrol unit emergency lights, according to the statement of probable cause related to the case.
“At that time the motorcycle accelerated at a very high rate of speed,” Salazar-Casias said. “I used different siren tones and followed him for 100-150 feet. When the motorcycle did not stop, I informed Ofc. (Robert) Girmendonk that I would be discontinuing to follow the motorcycle due to his high rate of speed.”
Girmendonk first noticed Webb at about 5:11 p.m., on Diamond Drive, zooming past him in the opposite direction. Girmendonk was not in a position to turn around and go after Webb so he called Salazar-Casias, according to the report.
Salazar-Casias stated that she was on Diamond Drive across from University Drive when she witnessed Webb run two red lights, the first at Canyon Road and Diamond Drive and the second at Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive.
Webb narrowly missed colliding with a Los Alamos National Laboratory Security (SOC) vehicle with its emergency lights on at Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive, she said.
Salazar-Casias reported that she drove in the direction Webb had headed and came upon the yellow motorcycle laying on its side near Research Park and Diamond Drive and observed him attempting to pick it up.
“I told the driver to put the motorcycle down … he continued to attempt to pick it up,” Salazar-Casias said in the report. “Ofc. Girmondonk arrived on scene as Mr. Webb began to walk southbound up an embankment toward LANL property. Before he reached the sidewalk on LANL property I grabbed Mr. Webb’s elbow and pulled him back … he fell to his knees and stated his ankle was broken.”
Salazar-Casias reported that Los Alamos Fire Department EMS personnel were called and while awaiting the EMS, Girmendonk searched Webb and found a 4.2 gram bag of marijuana, rolling papers and a green pill marked “TEVA.”
The officer also stated that she saw an open bottle of Smirnoff (vodka) lying in the road at the scene and smelled “a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.”
Webb was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment before being taken to the Los Alamos County Detention Center where he was booked on nine charges:
- Count I: Illegal fleeing a law enforcement officer – Did willfully and carelessly drive his vehicle, to wit; a 2000 Honda Interceptor in a manner that endangered the life of another person after being given a visual or audible signal to stop, whether by hand, voice, emergency light, flashing light, siren or other signal by a uniformed law enforcement officer in an appropriately marked law enforcement vehicle.
- Count II: Possession of marijuana one ounce or less – did intentionally possess over one ounce but less than eight ounces of marijuana, a schedule 1 controlled substance.
- Count III: Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (aggravated, refusal) – Did drive a vehicle or motor vehicle, to wit; a 2000 Honda Interceptor while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and did refuse to submit to chemical testing.
- Count IV: Possession of drug paraphernalia – Did use or possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit; Zig Zag rolling papers to ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance.
- Count V: Driving while license is suspended or revoked – Did drive a motor vehicle, to wit; a 2000 Honda Interceptor on the highway of this state at a time when his privilege do so was suspended or revoked and knew or should have known that his license was suspended or revoked.
- Count VI: Reckless driving – Did drive a motor vehicle, to wit; a 2000 Honda Interceptor carelessly and needlessly in willful or wanton disregard for of the rights or safety of others and without due caution or circumspection and at a speed or in a manner which endangered or was likely to endanger any person or property.
- Count VII: Obedience to traffic control devices – Did fail to obey the instructions of an official traffic device.
- Count VIII: Obedience to traffic control devices – Did fail to obey the instructions of an official traffic device.
- Count IV: Speed regulation – Did drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed that was greater than the posted limit.