Albuquerque’s Freedom 4th celebration drew 70,000 people, but while their eyes were on the sky, one woman climbed onto a city fire engine and then refused to come down.
“Who said? Who said? Who said I can’t be up here?” she asked.
Security, fire and police crews tried to get her down.
“Because I want to be on top of a fire truck,” she told an officer when asked why she wouldn’t come down.
The Albuquerque Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team was eventually called in.
“I’m on a fire truck, love,” she said. “I’m going to be up here with God for several hours.”
Officer Simon Drobik said the situation was a lot more serious than some might think.
“Unfortunately, she had high ground on us,” he said. “We were unable to clear her person, her hands, and if she had anything in her pockets.”
After an hour and half, authorities finally restrained her. She bit and scratched officers as they strapped her onto a stretcher.
The police department said situations like this happen all the time and that is why authorities wanted more officers trained in crisis intervention.
The woman was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
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