Driver: Cops mistook diabetic attack for drunkenness

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:07 am, Wed Jul 17, 2013.

A Santa Fe woman who was pulled out of her car, handcuffed and put into a police car after she crashed into another vehicle says police need more training on recognizing the difference between someone who is drunk and someone who is suffering a diabetic attack.

“If there was education this wouldn’t happen,” Revina Garcia told KOAT 7 News reporter Regina Ruiz in an interview that aired Monday.

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  • Max Heisenberg posted at 4:43 pm on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Max Heisenberg Posts: 13

    Saw the video and all I can say is wowza!!

  • Katina Cooper posted at 7:51 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Katina Cooper Posts: 1

    This is why it seems to be getting closer to "take the cop's life before the cop takes your life".

  • henry griswold posted at 10:15 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    i was involved in a 'side swipe' on the old las vegas hwy where the young woman had three previous 911's called in 'driving in the wrong lane of traffic', then clipped the left rear corner of one car unseen by me, got back into her correct lane, then started crossing the middle lines coming towards me who started slowing down & moving over to the right, then to the bicycle lane, then as far right as possible over onto the shoulder when 'side swiped' in the driver's door & then careened down the wrong lane 75 feet where she hit the left rear side of a truck, coming to a stop.
    she was taken to the hospital, apparently sober, ck'd for minor bruises & simply released!

  • Red Orgreen posted at 10:09 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Red Orgreen Posts: 14

    The Sheriff is right on, he sees this as a learning opportunity!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:47 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 875

    How low was it, I didn't see the number in the article.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:35 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    “We are looking into it,” the sheriff said. “It’s not something we are just going to blow off and not deal with.”
    which is department procedure.

  • mark mocha posted at 5:08 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    Ahem.... why would a diabetic attack make someone try and drive away from an accident. Hmm... Methinks I smell a lawyer in the brush lurking, stalking his prey. Lawsuit?
    Not to take sides but if I came up on an accident and one of the drivers wouldn't open the door and tried to drive away I would restrain him/her and then try to figure out what happened. all this nonsense about training for this, training for that. Can't train for everything, just have to use good, common sense which it appears they used.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 10:44 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341


  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:11 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 430

    A Medical Alert bracelet may have prevented the whole situation.


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