ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A 19-year-old led police on a 20-mile chase through Albuquerque. New Mexico State Police spotted a driver in a gold Nissan doing 106 miles an hour near I-40 and Coors.


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When sirens went on the driver, who NMSP later identified as 19-year-old Mystery Hammaker, she took off and led them on an 8-mile high-speed chase into the South Valley. Hammaker ran through stop signs and red lights until finally stopping at a South Valley park. As soon as the officer pulled up to her, she took off again. This time, Hammaker led officers on another 15-mile chase.

Her car hit a spike strip and she then took off, causing a short foot chase. Once in custody, near Zuni and San Pedro, Hammaker says she was just following orders. Hammaker told officers her passengers kept telling her to drive because they had open containers of alcohol in the car.

One of the passengers had a gun on him. NMSP says he gave them a fake name to likely hide the fact that he’s really D’jali Smith. The 21-year-old has a past conviction for car theft, making him a felon with a firearm.

Smith is scheduled for a pretrial detention hearing on Wednesday. Hammaker is charged for the chase.