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Man who led police on chase to remain in custody


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A man who faces 14 criminal charges after a domestic disturbance, who also led local law enforcement on a high speed pursuit through the city and onto county property while allegedly firing at them late last week, will remain in custody pending trial.


District Judge Freddie Romero Wednesday issued the order, during a detention hearing, that Matheau Isaacs, 27, not be released under any conditions, unless ordered by the court.

A no contact order that had been entered in Chaves County Magistrate Court was also adopted, prohibiting Isaacs from having any contact with witnesses or victims in the case, unless through his legal counsel.

Isaacs faces charges including four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, a count of aggravated assault on a household member, battery on a household member, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, aggravated burglary, abuse of a child, interference with communications and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

The state had filed a petition for pretrial detention, requesting he continue to be held pending trial because he poses a threat to the community and is a flight risk.

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Lauren Truitt, Isaac’s defense attorney, said to the judge that the state was not aware of any past criminal history or prior failures to appear for a court hearing.

She added that Isaacs is married, has a stable residence and employment. Truitt asked that appropriate conditions be set for pretrial release and that Isaacs be fitted with an ankle monitor.

During the hearing Imad Awad, a Chaves County assistant district attorney appearing for the prosecution, called two witnesses to the stand: Roswell Police Detective Dylan Thomas and Deputy David Whitzel of the Chaves County Sheriff’s office.

The defense did not call any witnesses.

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