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Man pleads not guilty to assault, fleeing charges

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A man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman, before later backing into a marked police unit with his car and leading law enforcement on a chase, pleaded not guilty to several charges Monday at an arraignment in 5th Judicial District Court in Roswell.

Gabriel M. Bouslaugh, 31, of Roswell, pleaded not guilty to one count each of criminal sexual contact, criminal damage to property and aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer.

He was still detained Thursday, according to a jail population report from the Chaves County Detention Center.

Bouslaugh was arrested last November, after a woman contacted police to report that her daughter had been sexually assaulted by Bouslaugh, after spending the night at his house with some relatives, according to court documents.

The young woman alleges she had been sleeping in a bedroom with one of her relatives when, at about 5 a.m., Bouslaugh came into the bedroom, touched her and sexually assaulted her.

Court documents state the alleged victim later told investigators she told Bouslaugh no multiple times but he persisted. She added that she did not defend herself during the incident because she feared he would hurt her.

Documents state that after the alleged incident happened, the young woman texted her boyfriend about the incident. The boyfriend then took a screenshot of the woman’s text to him who, in turn, sent it to the girl’s mother.

After receiving a call from the alleged victim’s mother, an officer was dispatched at about 8:32 a.m. to a 700 block of East Alameda Street residence where the alleged sexual assault was said to have occurred.

The officer noticed a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Am parked in the driveway of the residence and then saw the vehicle’s back-up lights come on, according to court documents. The officer then turned his unit into the driveway and turned on the unit’s emergency lights in an attempt to let the driver of the vehicle — later identified as Bouslaugh — know he was behind him.

Bouslaugh then turned his steering wheel to the right and rammed into the front of the marked police unit with his vehicle. He then rammed into the police unit again, and drove away, heading eastbound. As the vehicle left, the bumper was being dragged behind the vehicle, according to court documents.

The officer followed Bouslaugh on a pursuit, which Chaves County sheriff’s deputies soon joined. Court documents state the chase began at 8:35 a.m. at Bouslaugh’s East Alameda Street residence and ended at 8:49 a.m. at the National Guard Armory south of Roswell.

Speeds during the pursuit ranged from 25 to 60 mph at different stages of the pursuit and there were many other vehicles that had been placed in danger during the pursuit.

When he was in custody and questioned by police, Bouslaugh said that he had “freaked out” and that he sped away from the scene because he wanted to apologize to the victim’s mother. He added that, at the time, he was heading to a house located near the former Walker Air Force Base but decided to stop.

Court documents state that Bouslaugh, at one point while in custody, made an unsolicited comment to a Chaves County sheriff’s deputy, admitting that he did have inappropriate relations with the victim.

At Monday’s arraignment, Thomas Lilley, Division II District Court judge, said a jury trial for Bouslaugh is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

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