Video: Serial car thief leads state police on wild car chase

New Mexico News

GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say an Albuquerque woman stole a truck and led police on a wild chase to Grants. Now, new video shows us what happened right before that women crashed into a historic building.

It was a dangerous and lengthy pursuit for New Mexico State Police officers. Police say Elexus Sandoval stole a pickup truck from Albuquerque two weeks ago.

The 19-year old then headed west on I-40. That’s when police say she did everything she could to avoid getting caught.

Radar clocked Sandoval traveling at speeds more than 104 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, and cutting off other drivers.

As she headed towards Grants, police tried to stop Sandoval by placing a spike strip on I-40. Sandoval had other plans, but Grants Police stepped in to get her to stop.

Sandoval lost control of the pickup truck and crashed into a vacant art gallery, leaving behind a huge mess. Cibola County Sheriff’s Office says Sandoval didn’t stop there.

“Our deputies saw her get out of the vehicle and try to run,” said Undersheriff Michael Munk.

Sandoval didn’t get very far as deputies arrested her and booked her into the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center.

Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace tells KRQE News 13 the owner has been hard at work trying to rebuild the damage Sandoval left behind. He estimates the damages total more than $100,000.

Before this incident, Sandoval had been charged two times on auto theft related charges. One of those cases has been dismissed because none of the arresting officers showed up to testify.

Drug test shows Sandoval had heroin in her system during the time of the chase.

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