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Man arraigned for trying to run over deputy

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A man who allegedly tried to run over a Chaves County deputy and dispose of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in May pleaded not guilty to multiple charges during a June 27 arraignment in 5th Judicial District Court.

Jeremy Chavez, 47, of Dexter, entered a plea of not guilty on charges of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; aggravated assault on a peace officer; trafficking a controlled substance, operating vehicles without required equipment or unsafe conditions and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The case is scheduled to go to trial in 5th Judicial District Court in Roswell Oct. 22, according to a court database.

The charges originate from a May 14 traffic stop conducted by a Chaves County Deputy at 19th and Atkinson Streets of a gray Kia driven by Chavez. The deputy conducted the stop because it appeared a tire on the vehicle’s rear driver’s side was about to fall off, according to an affidavit.

At some point Chavez sped away in the Kia and a short pursuit followed. The Kia pulled into a long driveway in the 800 block of East 19th Street and then turned right where a chain link fence was located before reversing course toward the residence, the affidavit states.

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The deputy who had conducted the traffic stop then positioned his vehicle in the driveway and emerged from his unit with his weapon drawn. Chavez’s vehicle was facing the deputy when Chavez put the vehicle in drive and began to pull forward toward the deputy.

The affidavit states the deputy feared Chavez would run him over with the vehicle and nearly discharged his weapon. The vehicle Chavez was driving then came to a stop and backed up toward the residence.

The deputy instructed Chavez to exit the vehicle, and once he did the deputy told him to get on the ground — commands Chavez ignored as he continued up the steps of the residence. The affidavit states that Chavez had to be forcibly taken down.

When he was trying to flee the deputy Chavez allegedly threw a red bandana, cellphone charger, purple Crown Royal bag and three baggies of a crystalline substance.

Tests were later conducted on the three baggies that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. One of the baggies was later found to contain 58.08 grams, a second baggie 56.69 grams and a third 24.59 grams, the affidavit states.

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 if tested, he would not test positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

A search warrant was later executed on the Kia, where more drugs, a .44 magnum Taurus revolver and a digital scale with traces of white crystalline residue were detected, according to a separate affidavit that charges Chavez with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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