We've been chasing this story for a number of days now. Thus far there is nothing... we repeat nothing to indicate that anyone but the chief was mistaken. Let's take a look at the timeline from Sunday March 9th.
17:39 - The first call comes in to the 911 dispatcher. The caller advises that his vehicle on 2nd Street between Marquette and Tijeras had been hit and that the driver of the other vehicle had left the scene. The caller also advised that a witness claimed that the driver of the other vehicle was Mayor Chavez.
17:33 - Caller advises that he did not witness the accident.
It's pretty standard fare really. The timeline certainly doesn't indicate any kind of conclusion, but our Eyes maintain two very important things - first that the witness identified Mayor Chavez as the driver of the offending vehicle and second, that the mayor admitted to hitting the vehicle.
17:41 - Public Safety Aid Valerie Torres is dispatched to the scene.,
17:44 - Sergeant S27 (Sergeant Apodaca) acknowledges the call.
17:46 - G242 (Officer Mark Landavazo) is dispatched.
17:47 - Dispatch requests G242 call S27 (Sergeant Apodaca)
17:48 - G242 comments that he'll need a written witness statement.
17:55 - G242 (Officer Landavazo) arrives on scene.
17:59 - G225A (Officer David Fox) provides backup.
17:59 - G242 advises his new location is 3rd Street and Tijeras at convention center.
18:00 - G242 advises he's trying to make contact with the witness.
18:01 - G242 advises that he was unable to make phone contact with the witness and only got her answering machine.
18:39 - A case number is assigned - AP080100070
19:08 - G225A (Officer David Fox) is cleared.
19:09 - G242 (Officer Landavazo) returns to the North Valley Sub-Station.
19:52 - G242 requests a field investigator go to Rio Grande and El Nito (We assume Mayor Chavez's residence).
22:01 - G242 goes to Coors and Montano (we assume to interview the witness).
23:34 - G242 returns to the North Valley Sub-station.
00:10 - Call cleared.
We're concerned that APD's chief is in a hurry to come to a conclusion that our Eyes tell us the evidence doesn't support. The job of the police department in any city is to gather evidence in order to prosecute crime not to gather evidence in order to bury it.
Could it be a case of mistaken identity... perhaps, but we don't think so. If we're correct, APD's brass could be engaged in felonious activity and we're quite sure that that's not what we're paying them for. Think about it this way... if APD will risk a felony to cover for a misdemeanor what else is going on? Is it really mistaken identity or the arrogance that no one will ever be able to prove otherwise?
Here are the important numbers associated with the March 9th call:
Case Number: 08010070
CAD Number: 080691101
FI #1 CAD: 080691166
FI #2 CAD: 080691243