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Man arrested after leading police on chase

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A man who led local law enforcement on a vehicle chase Wednesday faces multiple criminal counts.

Court documents state Gabriel Chacon, 27, of Roswell, faces one count each of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer; battery against a household member; driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer; accident involving damage to a vehicle; driving while license suspended or revoked; and driving without proof of insurance.

Chacon was let out on $2,500 cash or surety bond Thursday following a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

The pursuit began Wednesday at 12:28 p.m. when Chacon allegedly drove a Ford F-250 pickup truck into the northwest entrance of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office parking lot.

A sheriff’s deputy stated she saw the pickup peel out “in an erratic and reckless manner” when it pulled into the parking lot, according to court documents.

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The deputy then saw the passenger’s side door open and a woman attempt to exit the pickup. She was halfway out of the truck when a male driver — later identified as Chacon — pulled her from behind back inside, according to court documents.

The pickup then sped away and into the parking lot of Pioneer Bank, situated near the Sheriff’s office, before heading north.

The deputy then notified dispatch. A short time later, dispatch received a 911 call about a vehicle allegedly driving erratically as a woman attempted to jump from it. The court documents state the description of the vehicle matched the one that was in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office.

The pickup continued to travel, despite Roswell police attempting to make a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 600 block of Virginia Avenue.

“The traffic on the roadways was very heavy and the truck continued to travel without regard for the regular traffic on the roadways,” court documents state.

During the pursuit, numerous vehicles were nearly struck or almost crashed because of the suspect’s driving as he attempted to flee and did not yield. In one instance the pickup had struck a stop sign at St. Mary Place and South Main Street.

When the pickup reached Hobbs and Lea streets, the woman jumped out of the pickup, which continued to travel, court documents state.

The pursuit ceased in the 1400 bock of West Tilden when Chacon allegedly struck a parked maroon 2003 Chevy pickup, causing $100 worth of damage to the parked vehicle’s bumper.

Chacon was later tased by an officer after he allegedly failed to follow orders from officers who instructed him to show his hands and put them in the air, according to court documents.

When the pursuit ended, Chacon was allegedly unable to maintain his balance while standing up and his speech was slurred.

According to court documents, Chacon refused to perform a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, telling officers he could not perform one because he had used too many drugs. He said that he had not consumed alcohol but had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.

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

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