Roswell man leads Chaves County deputies on high-speed chase

New Mexico News

A traffic stop for a broken taillight turned into a high speed pursuit that went through a good portion of Roswell. Now, a man is facing a slew of charges in connection to the crime.

It all started last Friday night around 9:30.

“The deputy saw the vehicle go by and there was a taillight out, tried to pull the vehicle over, make a traffic stop,” said Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder.

Snyder said the car then fled instead of pulling over. Officials said 27-year-old Johnathan Carter was the driver.

A report states Carter proceeded to blow through several stop signs, making his way to Old Dexter Highway and driving into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting cars in the opposite lane while going about 70 mph.

On his way into Roswell, he almost hit a marked sheriff’s unit and a marked police car.

The report states deputies stopped chasing Carter when they got to a busy part of Main Street, but it was resumed at Berrendo Road.

“We could hear them just chasing them around and around,” said Krystal Oliver.

It all came to an end at the Coronado Trailer Park near Kentucky Avenue, where Oliver and her young kids live.

“It was really scary and loud,” said Oliver.

“Pulled into a driveway, don’t know if he was associated with that residence,” said Snyder.

A neighbor said it was Carter’s mother’s home.

Carter didn’t speak to deputies when he was arrested.

The Roswell Police Department assisted. They said various passengers exited the vehicle during the chase and all but one were found.

Police also helped with blocking intersections to protect traffic.

The report said a syringe was found in the car on the passenger side floor board.

Carter was arrested on numerous charges, including aggravated fleeing and aggravated assault on a peace officer. He did not have a valid driver’s license.

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