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Deputies arrest man after short pursuit

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Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday night who fled during a traffic stop and attempted to dispose of a large amount of methamphetamine.

News of the arrest was posted Tuesday evening on the Facebook page of the Sheriff’s Office soon after it happened.

Sheriff Mike Herrington later identified the man arrested as Jeremy Chavez, 47, of Dexter.

Chavez faces charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer; trafficking a controlled substance; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving with a suspended driver’s license; and vehicle without equipment or in an unsafe condition, according to an affidavit filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

As of Wednesday morning, Chavez was being held at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to a jail population summary report from the Detention Center.

The affidavit states that a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a gray Kia at 19th and Atkinson streets being driven by Chavez at about 7:30 p.m. because the rear driver-side tire looked as if it was about to fall off.

The Kia fled, driving into a long driveway and turning right where a chainlink fence was located. Chavez then reversed the vehicle, backing up toward the residence, the affidavit states.

A deputy pursuing Chavez positioned his unit in the driveway and emerged from it with his firearm drawn. Chavez then put the vehicle in drive and began to pull forward toward the deputy. The affidavit states Chavez later said he was worried the vehicle would hit him and nearly discharged his weapon.

The vehicle then came to a halt, backed up to the residence and ran over a water faucet. The deputy gave verbal commands for Chavez to exit the vehicle. Once he exited the vehicle, Chavez ignored demands by the deputy to get down on the ground.

Chavez instead continued to move up the steps of the residence before he was forcibly taken down by the deputy, according to the affidavit.

When he was trying to flee, Chavez threw a red bandana, a cellphone charger, a purple Crown Royal bag and three baggies of a crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

One baggie was later found to contain meth weighing 58.08 grams, the second weighing 56.69 grams and the third baggie weighing in at 24.59 grams, according to the affidavit.

Chavez later admitted to fleeing the traffic stop and putting the vehicle in drive knowing the deputy was in his path. The affidavit states he denied having any knowledge of the three baggies, and said that if tested, he would not test positive for meth.

A search warrant was later executed on the vehicle and more drugs, a scale and a firearm were found, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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