CLOVIS, New Mexico -- Police officers had quite the view on the night of July 4th, and the body cam of one eastern New Mexico deputy caught it all. A naked man was attempting to flag down cars on state road 245 near Clovis, New Mexico reported CBS affiliate KRQE.
Video from the body cam shows the officer trying to coax a naked man out of the road. The man was later identified as 37-year-old Jesus Tarango.
In the video, a naked Tarango appears to sit down on the side of the road until cops start waving cars past him. When the cars start moving again he tries to flag down a car.
Tarango stayed standing in the road. "OK get back over here let's get on the grass OK?" The deputy told Tarango.
The man leaned on the deputy's car. "OK that's my car, no one's in there," the deputy said.
Tarango claimed he'd been poisoned. "How are you poisoned?," the deputy asked. Then, Tarango made his move.
"Sir! sir! Hey! get out of there, hey!," the deputy shouted, as the naked man took off in the deputy's car.
"He's stolen my unit, he's taken off eastbound on Llano, in my unit, running," the deputy called out over his radio.
The Curry County deputy, stranded on the side of the road, then heard Tarango speaking over his radio from inside the unit.
"I need help, this officer didn't want to help me," Tarango said. "I'm poisoned, that's why I got the car."
According to the station Tarango drove himself to a local hospital where another officer intercepted him in the stolen patrol car. Tarrango was taken into custody as he ran for the doors of the hospital.
Deputies said Tarango was treated for injuries he received before contact with law enforcement. It's unclear what those injuries are.
Investigators said Tarango appeared to be impaired, but didn't elaborate. Tarango was arrested and charged with resisting an officer, aggravated fleeing, stealing a motor vehicle and concealing identity, reported the station.