POSTED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 11:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 11:57pm
Ruidoso, NM (KTSM) — A Ruidoso doctor is suing New Mexico State Police following a controversial traffic stop. Ray Seidel was pulled over for going 69 in a 55, and that's where things escalate.
After the SUV comes to a stop, New Mexico State Police Officer Corey Crayton walks to the passenger side window, and when Weidel's wife doesn't roll down the window, Crayton opens her door. At that point, Seidel gets out of the car and starts to walk behind the vehicle to confront the officer.
"Put your gun down, put your gun down," he can clearly be heard screaming on the dash camera.
Seidel does have a gun holstered to his hip, but never reaches for it, and does put it down after being told to. At that point the officer tells Seidel he's under arrest.
Seidel says Officer Crayton then pulled a gun, out of the view of the dash cam.
"He went from zero to i'm ready to shoot somebody I guess," Seidel said.
Seidel gets back in the car and refuses to come out, instead waiting for other officers to arrive.
So why didn't Seidel's wife just open the door in the first place? He says there's a good explanation.
"I was trying to roll down the window. There was no need to open the door. The vehicles was brand new to us and I was trying to figure it out," said Seidel.
But police aren't convinced. Within minutes, back up arrives. Seidel finally steps out of the vehicle, only to be tackled by Officer Crayton, and placed under arrest.
So exactly where does Seidel say the law was actually broken? He says the moment the officer opened the door and forced his way into the suv. he says it's a violation of the state's extended domicile law and is the equivalent of trespassing.
A court will ultimately make that decision. As for state police, they have yet to comment on the case because the lawsuit is pending.