A dangerous driver is caught on camera but law enforcement says nothing can be done.
Paula Terrones was driving from Colorado Springs to Pueblo on Monday when she noticed the car in front of her swerving on I-25.
"My first thought was they were drunk or texting," Terrones told KRDO NewsChannel 13. "They could have killed somebody."
Terrones' dad, who was sitting in the passenger's seat, captured the driver on camera, weaving and nearly hitting cars for nearly 40 minutes.
Terrones said she first called the Colorado Springs Police Department's non-emergency line. She was told to call Colorado State Patrol's impaired driving line at Star-DUI (*384) or Star-CSP (*277).
When she did, she said she was told there was not a trooper available to respond. Fearful that the driver would cause an accident, Terrones then called the Pueblo Police Department and asked them if they could catch the driver in Pueblo. Again, she was directed to the CSP line.
“They connected me back to the State Patrol line,” Terrones said. “I spoke to the same lady again. I asked her if Pueblo police could meet us in the outskirts of Pueblo because we were headed into town and she said there were no officers available.”
A Colorado State Patrol spokesperson, Trooper Nate Reid, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that unfortunately this happens.
“Is it the perfect way? Absolutely not,” Reid said. “If we could stop every one of these we would, but unfortunately we just don’t have the manpower to do so.”
Reid explained that after a driver is reported, the information gets stored in a database. After three reports against a driver, the driver receives a warning letter from CSP. After five, a trooper will show up at their door.
But in order for a ticket to be issued, a law enforcement officer has to see the offense. So even with video proof, the driver Terrones captured on camera can’t be cited.
Watch the video in the player above.