ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - As a police dash camera rolled, the handcuffed suspect in a high-speed pursuit admitted she didn't race away just because her license had been suspended.
Instead it had more to do with the body of a murder victim stuffed into the trunk of the stolen car.
On May 3 a New Mexico State Police officer tried to pull over a driver on Interstate 25 near Los Lunas for going too slow and holding up traffic.
That's when the driver took off leading officers on a chase through Los Chavez and into Belen reaching speeds of more than 80 mph.
The driver then sped down side streets and through a school zone before returning to Main Street and crashing when she tried to squeeze between two cars at a stop light.
Officers with guns drawn pulled two women and a teen girl from the car to the pavement.
Police say Jennifer McKee, 18, was behind the wheel and that Ashlee Gurulé, 20, and Julia Martinez, 16, were her passengers.
At first McKee, in an exchange recorded by the officer's dash camera, claimed she fled because she her license had been suspended. But the officer wasn't buying it.
Officer: Why, why, why did you take off like that?
McKee: Because I have a suspended license.
Officer: That's it? That's the whole reason you fled? Because of a suspended license? There's nothing in the vehicle we need to know about? We're going to go through the vehicle like crazy so I'm telling you right now. Anything (inaudible) you need to let me know.
Officer: What is it?
McKee: There's a dead body.
McKee: In the trunk.
The body was that of Maurice Gonzales, 51, allegedly stabbed to death by the two women after luring him with the promise of sex. The car was his, and the women were looking for a place to dump the body, according to police.
McKee and Gurulé have been indicted on multiple counts including murder and kidnapping.
Martinez, who says she knew of the murder but did not take part, is charged with conspiracy.
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