EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) - An Edgewood man suspected in a string of property crimes is now accused of trying to kill Torrance County's top cop, by running over him. Sheriff Heath White is doing okay, but what happened Friday was a very close call.
Sheriff White was remarkably calm Monday when he told KRQE News 13 about the run-in with a criminal suspect that almost killed him. "As I walked back into the roadway, that's when he accelerated his vehicle," recalled Sheriff White.
White was at the scene of a stolen property investigation south of Edgewood, when a possible suspect was spotted driving in the area.
The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Jeremiah Callahan, didn't stop. Instead, sheriff's investigators said Callahan drove away, and then headed straight into the path of Sheriff White.
The sheriff tried to avoid the suspect, but Callahan's car clipped him, and then ran over his leg. Of course, Sheriff White is relieved he wasn't killed. "I'm just now walking normal, or what I feel is normal, but I'm pretty bruised up and banged up," said White. "But we're good."
Believe it or not, even though his leg was run over, Sheriff White still helped to track down the suspect. Callahan was found hiding under a set of trees.
He's now facing a string of charges, including aggravated battery on a peace officer. The sheriff said an additional charge of attempted murder is very possible.
Sheriff White said Torrance County deputies had been looking for Callahan for months, adding he's linked to a string of burglaries and white collar crimes in Torrance County and the Albuquerque area.
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