MCKINLEY COUNTY, NM (NBC) - McKinley County, New Mexico sheriff's deputies say a driver was so drunk that he passed out right on Interstate 40.
The driver didn't pull onto the shoulder to stop, but stopped in the westbound lanes as traffic was moving by.
A dash cam video of the recent incident was provided by the sheriff's department.
Deputies say Wainright Tso was out cold when they approached the car. They say he had the car in drive and his foot was on the brake.
Deputies say they were about to smash out his window because his doors were locked, when Tso suddenly woke up and took off. But before Tso got away, a reserve deputy on the scene popped Tso's tire with a service knife. The chase stopped a short while after.
"Fortunately for him, and everybody else, we came long when we did -- because somebody was going to die," said Sgt. Goins, who slashed the tire.
Deputies say the incident is Tso's 2nd DWI arrest. They arrested him just 30 days ago for another DWI.
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