NM Woman handcuffed after diabetic attack, car crash

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. 

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