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The man run down by an Arizona police cruiser while allegedly holding a loaded rifle later told cops he didn't remember anything about the incident captured in dramatic dash-cam footage.

NBC station KVOA obtained an audio recording of police speaking to Mario Valencia after he was rammed by Marana Police Officer Michael Rapiejko's car.

"Honestly, I don't even know how I ended up here," Valencia, told a Marana Police Department officer as he was handcuffed to a hospital bed two days after the Feb. 19 incident.

The interviewer then detailed Valencia's alleged daylong crime spree — including holding up a 7-Eleven convenience store in Tucson, setting fire to a church, a home invasion and stealing a high-powered rifle and ammunition from Walmart — that culminated in him walking down the street holding the gun to his chin in Marana, a town northwest of Tucson.

Valencia, 36, was hospitalized for two days and then sent to jail. He is facing several charges.


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