NM Woman handcuffed after diabetic attack, car crash - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

NM Woman handcuffed after diabetic attack, car crash

Posted:

Courtesy KOAT

SANTA FE, N.M. — A police officer mistook a woman suffering a diabetic attack for a drunken driver, and that error almost cost a Santa Fe woman her life.

Revina Garcia said she hit a truck following a diabetic attack. When deputies arrived, they detained her.

"Once I had the door open, that's when they pulled me out of the car and put me on the ground and cuffed my hands behind my back," Garcia said. "I'm surprised I didn't go into a coma in the back of that police car."

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department said Garcia tried to leave the scene twice. Garcia believes deputies thought she was drunk.

The accident happened near Airport Road and Highway 599, but Garcia said she only remembers driving near her home, which is several miles away. Garcia said her blood sugar dropped into the 20s.

"Most people if their blood sugars are in the 20s are comatose," Garcia said.

Garcia said she remembers hearing the paramedics arrive and ask officers to release her. Garcia said deputies could have known she was diabetic from the insulin pump she had.

"If there's education this wouldn't happen. This wouldn't have happened," Garcia said.

She wants law enforcement to have more training on recognizing when someone needs medical care, not handcuffs.

The sheriff's department said it's sensitive to the issue, and looked into what happened and is reviewing any tapes. 

Read story on KOAT

  • Two arrested for capital murder of a 6-year-old

    Two arrested for capital murder of a 6-year-old

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:17:06 GMT
    Corpus Christi Police say two people are under arrest for capital murder in connection to the death of a 6-year-old boy, Wednesday night. Officers have not yet released the names of the suspects, or their relationship with the child.The death happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Fig St. Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of the boy having seizures; he was rushed to Driscoll Children's Hospital where he later died.More >>
    Corpus Christi Police say two people are under arrest for capital murder in connection to the death of a 6-year-old boy, Wednesday night. Officers have not yet released the names of the suspects, or their relationship with the child.The death happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Fig St. Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of the boy having seizures; he was rushed to Driscoll Children's Hospital where he later died.More >>
  • Time Running Out For C.C. Medical Center To Reach Agreement With Workers

    Time Running Out For C.C. Medical Center To Reach Agreement With Workers

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-08-28 05:15:10 GMT
    Time is running out for Corpus Christi Medical Center to reach a new labor agreement with it's unionized service employees. Thursday is the final day for contract negotiations, which have been going on since March.More >>
    Time is running out for Corpus Christi Medical Center to reach a new labor agreement with it's unionized service employees. Thursday is the final day for contract negotiations, which have been going on since March.More >>
  • Canines & Cappuccinos Event Helps Area Dogs

    Canines & Cappuccinos Event Helps Area Dogs

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:06:51 GMT
    Cactus and Vine hosted a special event aimed at helping area dogs. It was called Canines Cappuccinos.More >>
    Cactus and Vine hosted a special event aimed at helping area dogs. It was called Canines Cappuccinos.More >>