Court records show charges against retired Albuquerque police Officer Rodney Locke have been dismissed.
According to police, Locke hit Kay Moss Freese with his car in September. Freese was in a wheelchair, and died from her injuries. Locke was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
Locke posted a $50,000 bond a couple of days after the crash, and has been out of jail since.
A spokesman from the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office said they had to drop the charges because they did not get all of the evidence they needed to prosecute the case within the required 60 day limit.
The spokesman said those charges will be refiled. One item that was pending was a toxicology report to show if Locke had been drinking when the crash happened. Locke refused a breathalyzer test the night of his arrest.
Police obtained a warrant for a blood test. An APD spokesperson said the toxicology results have been submitted to the DA’s office, and will be entered as evidence.
APD said when the charges are refiled, the new charge could be as severe as vehicular homicide.
WEBVTT IN A PSUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH. PRAMIREZ HAS MORE. PREPORTER: RODNEY LOCKE WAS PCHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE POF A DEADLY ACCIDENT. PTHE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE PTELLS ME THEY DIDN’T GET ALL THE PEVIDENCE THEY NEEDED IN TIME TO PFIRST OF THOSE CHARGES, BUT A PSPOKESPERSON TELLS ME CHARGES PWILL BE REFILED. PRODNEY LOCKE, A RETIRED APD POFFICER, WAS CHARGED WITH PLEAVING THE SCENE AFTER POLICE PSAY HE HIT KAY MOSS FREESE WITH PHIS CAR IN SEPTEMBER. PFREESE WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR AND PDIED FROM HER INJURIES. PNOW, COURT RECORDS SHOW THOSE PCHARGES AGAINST LOCKE HAVE BEEN PDISMISSED. P>> I CRY A LOT. AT SOME POINTS, I’M HAVING A LOT POF ANGER ISSUES. PREPORTER: RIGHT AFTER THE PACCIDENT HAPPENED, FREESE’S SON PTOLD US HE THOUGHT LOCKE GOT OFF PTOO EASY. PLOCKE POSTED A $50,000 BOND A P, AND HAS BEEN OUT OF JAIL PSINCE. PDISMISSING THE CHARGE ALTOGETHER PIS ANOTHER BLOW TO THE VICTIM’S PFAMILY. PTHE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE PTELLS ME THEY HAD TO DROP THE PCHARGES BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T GET PALL OF THE EVIDENCE THEY NEEDED PWITHIN A 60-DAY LIMIT. PA SPOKESPERSON SAY THOSE CHARGES PWILL BE REFILED. PONE ITEM THAT WAS PENDING, A PTOXICOLOGY RESULTS TO SHOW IF PLOCKE HAD BEEN DRINKING WHEN THE PCRASH HAPPENED. POFFICER: OK, SO YOU’RE NOT GOING PTO TAKE THE BREATHALYZER? POK, I CANNOT FORCE YOU TO TAKE POUR TEST. PREPORTER: AN ALBUQUERQUE POLICE PSPOKESMAN CONFIRMS THOSE RESULTS PHAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE DA’S POFFICE AND WILL BE ENTERED AS PEVIDENCE. PAPD TELLS ME WHEN THOSE CHARGES PARE REFILED, THE NEW CHARGE PCOULD BE AS SEVERE AS VEHICULAR