Recently released bodycam footage shows a drunk driving suspect who was caught with his fly open last summer with six children in his vehicle when police pulled him over in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The bodycam video footage shows an interaction between police and Jeremy Guthrie, age 42, after he was pulled over for dangerous driving. One of the officers noted that Guthrie was “driving like an idiot.”
Guthrie ultimately failed a field sobriety test; however, when Guthrie came out of his vehicle, police discovered that his fly was open and that six children were located inside of his pickup truck.
In the video, Guthrie can be seen slurring his speech as an officer attempts to question him and ask him for his identification. Meanwhile, the officer used a flashlight and discovered the six minors in the backseat of Guthrie’s vehicle.
After an officer points out that his wallet is between his legs, Guthrie apologized, claiming he was “a little bit nervous.” “So was I, the way you’re driving,” the officer responded.
At a later point in the video, the police officer noted the six children in the truck, questioning Guthrie regarding his connection to the children.
“They’re just my friends,” Guthrie said. Asked how old one of the girls was in the vehicle, Guthrie told the officer she was 18-years-old, to which the officer quickly stated, “That girl’s not 18.”
According to Fox News, the police officers discovered Guthrie’s unzipped fly after he was asked to get out of the vehicle to take a field sobriety test. Asked why his fly was open, Guthrie said, “Well, I probably just forgot.”
The Law and Crime Network reported that most of the children in the vehicle were 13 or 14 years old. While Guthrie failed was taking his field sobriety test, officers instructed the children to contact their parents so they could be picked up from the scene.
“During that arrest, there were six children in the car, so he was also charged with abuse of a child,” Nancy Laflin, New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office’s communications director, told Fox News.
During the investigation into the incident, one of the girls who was found in Guthrie’s truck told prosecutors that she had been sexually abused by Guthrie.
“Based on statements from the child and corroborating evidence in the case, police arrested Guthrie,” Laflin said.
Guthrie also faces 10 charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, three charges of criminal sexual contact with a minor, one count of false imprisonment, and two counts for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Since Guthrie’s arrest, the 41-year-old child rape suspect has been held at Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center in Alburquerque without bond since July of 2022 and has an expected court appearance in November.