Dangerous pursuit leads to arrest in Southeast New Mexico

New Mexico News

Witness video from a police chase in southeast New Mexico shows that it could have ended much worse. The suspect topped speeds over 100 miles an hour, going the wrong way down the highway, according to a witness. 

Police say the driver of the car, Teddy Trujillo, took officers and deputies on a multi-county chase and it didn’t go down without a fight. It was a scary start to a Sunday morning in southeast New Mexico. “Next thing I know is I see lights in the distance and I just see this car just buzzing by me,” said Jack Brewer, a witness.

Drivers like Brewer on Highway 285 between Artesia and Roswell were dodging a man, identified as Trujillo, who was also dodging police, around 6:30 a.m. The Chaves County News Network captured video showing the moment New Mexico State Police officers finally stopped the silver Toyota. “The officer turned around to initiate a traffic stop and that’s when the driver of the Toyota fled from the officer, initiating a pursuit,” said NM State Police spokesman Lt. Mark Soriano.

Officers say Trujillo is no stranger to police. Four days ago, a warrant was issued for his arrest for a separate time he allegedly ran from police back in October.  NMSP and Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop the car with spike strips, but the first attempt failed and Trujillo turned into oncoming traffic passing Brewer. “He was in the median with spike strips and it looked like they were going to lay him down, so I just proceeded to drive,” Brewer explained. “I just didn’t see him coming until the last second which was sort of scary.”

Witnesses say Trujillo kept going until the tires came off and he was driving the car on its rims. New Mexico State Police finally took him down with a pit maneuver near Hobson Road by the Roswell Airport.

Trujillo is facing five different charges from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to driving with a suspended license. He had his license taken away in 2016 for reckless driving in Eddy County. A female passenger in the car with Trujillo was also arrested for a warrant unrelated to the chase.

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