DASO deputies arrest suspect after chase

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

Tomás Enriquez

After a 21-mile pursuit, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an alleged drunk driver wanted on a prior charge of evading law enforcement.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, Sept. 29, deputies spotted a man who matched the description of a subject who had fled on foot from a deputy after a short vehicle chase in the area earlier in the evening. The vehicle was parked at the gas pumps at the Circle K on the corner of Motel Boulevard and West Picacho Avenue.

When deputies approached the suspect and identified themselves, the vehicle suddenly accelerated away from the pumps, nearly striking several pedestrians, deputies said. The vehicle sped out of the parking lot, crossing all four lanes of traffic on Motel Boulevard and drove through the Walgreens parking lot before fleeing west on Picacho Avenue.

Deputies gave chase and allegedly saw the vehicle commit numerous traffic violations, including driving without headlights and exceeding 90 miles an hour.

The vehicle continued west on Interstate 10 for more than 20 miles, at which point US Border Patrol agents put out a hollow-spike belt at the I-10 checkpoint, deflating all four tires of the fleeing vehicle and flattening the tires of two pursuing Sheriff’s Department vehicles.

Border Patrol agents joined the chase as the vehicle left the highway and continued to flee into the desert until coming to a stop, deputies said. Deputies and Border Patrol agents arrested Tomás Enriquez, who was charged with aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving on a suspended or revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and numerous other traffic violations. He was booked into the Doña Ana County jail on a $5,000 surety bond.

 

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