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Driver of stolen vehicle hits police car


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The driver of a stolen vehicle struck a Dexter Police unit while being pursued by Chaves County deputies early Thursday morning, before fleeing on foot into a cornfield.

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said deputies were in pursuit of the stolen 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 1 a.m. when it struck the idle police unit near the intersection of East Shawnee and Cherokee roads and State Road 2.

“Both vehicles are badly damaged,” Snyder said.

A Dexter Police officer in the parked unit was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries he sustained in the collision but has since been released, according to a comment by the Hagerman Police Department posted on the Department’s Facebook page.

Though a photo of a man walking into a store was posted on the Facebook page as being a possible suspect, Snyder said that as of Thursday afternoon deputies still do not have a description or name of the driver who was still at-large.

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Snyder said deputies may have tried to stop the driver who they believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol, and when they checked the plates — discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen July 15 from a convenience store in Grand Junction, Colorado.

After he struck the police unit, the driver exited the vehicle and fled into a cornfield southeast of the intersection.

According to Snyder, blood found in the vehicle at the scene leads deputies to believe the suspect was injured in the collision.

Deputies searched the area for the driver, but could not find him, Snyder said. Nearby residents were informed about the incident.

People with any new information about the incident should contact Chaves County Sheriff’s Office at 624-6500.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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