He was wanted for nearly killing a state police officer in 2017, now he’s on the run again for trying to run over a Bosque Farms officer Thursday night.
A Bosque Farms police officer pulled Mykl Chavez over, on Molina and State Highway 47, that’s when a traffic stop turned into a police chase through the county.
“As we say in law enforcement, there’s no such thing as a routine traffic stop,” said Bosque Farms Police Chief Paul Linson.
A Bosque Farms police officer pulled over the vehicle on Highway 47 and Molina.
“One of our officers went to go perform a traffic stop on a vehicle that wasn’t maintaining their lane,” said Chief Linson.
The driver gave the officer a wrong name and birthdate. He got him to turn off the vehicle but found the identity was false, the officer was trying to get an identification number from the vehicle when Chavez took off, knocking the officer to the ground.
The Bosque Farms Police Chief says the suspect was none other than Mkyl Chavez.
The man responsible for trying to run over a state police officer back in October of 2017 has a long rap sheet.
“It’s frustrating because we keep putting these criminals in jail over and over again, and here’s an offender harming my officer again,” said Chief Linson.
Former State Police Chief Pete Kassetas had that same frustration back then when one of his officers was plowed down.
“We have a broken criminal justice system here in New Mexico,” said Kassetas.
Kassetas even predicting this could happen again.
“What I fear is this individual is going to hurt or kill somebody and we almost had that happen yesterday,” said Kassetas back in 2017.
Authorities chased Chavez for fifteen minutes through Rio Communities before he was able to flee on foot.
Chavez already had a warrant out for his arrest for the 2017 state police case, now he has a warrant for last night’s incident of aggravated battery on a police officer.
The officer who pulled Chavez over is recovering from minor injuries, he was released from the hospital this morning and is expected to be back on duty soon.