A naked New Mexico man stole a sheriff's deputy's car on July 4 and drove himself to the hospital after claiming he was poisoned.
Police first responded after motorists notified them of a nude man attempting to flag down cars alongside a road in Northeastern New Mexico, according to KOB, an NBC-affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The footage of the incident, recorded by the deputy's body cam, shows the deputy attempting to coax the man, identified as 37-year-old Jesus Tarango, off the road. Tarango is seen sitting on the ground at one point. But as the officer motions cars to pass, the naked man stands and tells the officer he's been poisoned. He then gets in the squad car and takes off.
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The deputy, now stranded, hears Tarango over the radio. “I need help, this officer didn’t want to help me,” Tarango said. “I’m poisoned, that’s why I got the car.”
Police said Tarango drove himself to a hospital and was apprehended in the parking lot, KOB reported. Tarango was charged with resisting an officer, aggravated fleeing, stealing a motor vehicle, and concealing identity