Bond was set at $2,000 Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court for a man who led Chaves County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit that ended with him driving a stolen vehicle into a manure pond early Sunday morning.
Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, identified the driver of the tan 2002 Escalade as Joseph Ponce, 31, of Roswell.
After a pursuit that reached speeds of 90 mph, Ponce was arrested on multiple probation violations and charged on one count of evading, resisting and obstructing an officer, Yslas said.
Despite bond for Ponce being set, a jail population report released Thursday by the Chaves County Detention Center listed Ponce as still in custody.
Dispatchers received a call early Sunday from a person who claimed to have had a tan 2002 Escalade stolen from them, and who was following the vehicle as it traveled south on U.S. 285, according to a criminal complaint.
A deputy parked at the intersection of Orchard Park Road and U.S. 285 reported seeing a vehicle matching the description of the one reported stolen. He followed the vehicle and then attempted to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Ken Road.
Ponce failed to yield when the deputy activated his lights, instead making a right turn onto Ken Road and then left onto Burns Road, with the deputy in pursuit.
The pursuit continued, with Ponce making several turns onto different roads. Ponce eventually ended up turning left onto Miller Road and heading south, and then east into an open field, according to the complaint.
The complaint states the chase concluded when the vehicle Ponce was driving wrecked into a waste pond full of manure. Ponce and two females who were also in the vehicle were detained. Both females said Ponce was the driver and they had told him to stop but he would not listen to them.
Yslas said Ponce was then taken into custody without further incident.
The identities of the two females in the stolen vehicle — and what, if any, charges they might face — were not disclosed in the complaint.
According to court documents, Ponce has a criminal record that includes past charges of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer; unlawful taking of a motor vehicle; driving with a suspended license; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; breaking and entering; and attempted battery on a household member.
Ponce is next scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. for a pretrial hearing.
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