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Vehicle pursuit ends with man hitting house

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A man in an SUV led Roswell Police and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a vehicle pursuit Sunday that ended with the vehicle rolling over and striking a house near South Lea Avenue and West McGaffey Street.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said Monday the 33-year-old male driver and a 32-year-old female passenger were hospitalized for medical treatment, but nobody in the house that was struck was injured.

Because no local charges have yet been filed against the man related to Sunday’s accident, the RPD is not releasing his name. The driver though was discovered to have three outstanding warrants for him in Albuquerque. Wildermuth did not say what charges the man faces in Albuquerque.

Wildermuth said the pursuit began after an officer was dispatched to the 700 block of West Hervey Street at about 2:30 p.m. after an area resident reported seeing a man in a parked vehicle who the resident believed had warrants issued for him.

An RPD officer pulled up behind the vehicle and turned on the patrol unit’s emergency passenger lights. The suspect then fled in the SUV, Wildermuth said. Two deputies then arrived and became the lead cars in the pursuit with one RPD officer following.

After traveling a short distance, the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle near South Lea and West McGaffey. The vehicle then rolled over and struck the house, Wildermuth said.

No charges have yet been filed related to Sunday’s incident but charges remain pending.

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