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ICE arrests alleged hit-and-run suspect

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The driver of a stolen vehicle that hit a parked Dexter Police Unit and injured an officer while being pursued by Chaves County Deputies is believed to have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE arrested a man in Hobbs a day or two after the driver of a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee rammed into an idle Dexter unit July 19 while being pursued by Chaves County deputies before fleeing the scene, Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said in an email Tuesday.

“There is a high likelihood this is our guy,” Snyder said in an email.

He added DNA testing will have to be done to confirm the man arrested is the same man suspected of stealing the vehicle July 15 outside a convenience store in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Snyder said he does not know why the man was arrested, but ICE notified him because the man arrested has a very distinctive hairline that matches a picture of the man believed to have taken the vehicle.

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A driver struck a parked Dexter Police Unit near the intersection of East Shawnee and Cherokee roads and State Road 2 just outside of Roswell while being pursued by police.

The driver then exited the vehicle and fled into a nearby cornfield. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find him at the time.

An officer who was in the parked unit was later taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries but was later released.

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

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