A woman was arrested Sunday on multiple criminal charges after leading police on a pursuit through residential streets and alleyways in Roswell.
Sandy Munoz-Flores, 24, of Roswell, is charged with one count each of trafficking controlled substances, methamphetamine; felon in possession of a firearm; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, according to court documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety following an initial appearance in Magistrate Court. However, a jail population summary report released Tuesday still lists Munoz-Flores as an inmate housed at the Chaves County Detention Center.
Court documents state a Roswell Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue 2009 Chevrolet at 11:07 p.m. Sunday. The officer first encountered the vehicle in the intersection of Washington Avenue and Alameda Street. A male was seen driving the vehicle with a female passenger.
The officer discovered that the vehicle registration on the Chrysler was suspended.
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The vehicle proceeded through a red light at the intersection of Union Avenue and Alameda before turning north on Union and then onto East Walnut Street, according to court documents.
A traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle did not stop.
The chase continued, turning north on Kansas Avenue, then east onto West Second Street before turning into an alley in the area of Second Street and Kansas Avenue. At one point during the pursuit, the Chrysler was traveling south in the northbound lanes on South Union Avenue south of Alameda, according to court documents.
The pursuit continued for some time before the officer called out over the radio, saying that the last sighting of the vehicle was in the area of West Matthews Street and South Delaware Avenue.
Court documents state the officer later saw the vehicle traveling north on Montana Avenue toward Deming Street. The vehicle then hit a traffic sign before colliding with a parked trailer.
No occupants were found in the vehicle and the officer later began looking in the area for the driver and passenger, believing they exited the vehicle just south of Montana and Deming.
A woman’s purse and what appeared to be a digital scale were discovered by the officer in the passenger-side floorboard of the vehicle, according to court documents.
The officer later learned that another officer in the area had been flagged down by a woman in the 1200 block of West Deming Street who said a female had entered her house. The officer witnessed the woman, later identified as Munoz-Flores, allegedly exit the residence, run through the yard and enter a backyard to the west of the residence.
Court documents state the officer witnessed Munoz-Flores allegedly dropping two clear baggies that contained a white crystalline substance. Munoz-Flores then allegedly refused to obey commands by the officer and was tased by a sergeant with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office before being taken into custody.
Police later located a 9mm Diamondback handgun in a backyard near where Munoz-Flores was apprehended. Court documents state the gun was in such a location that it appeared to be thrown over the fence during the foot pursuit. A second gun was later found near Sunset Avenue and Deming Street and is believed to have been discarded by the driver of the vehicle.
The two baggies containing a white crystalline substance were later taken into custody by police. After conducting tests on the two baggies, they both allegedly tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and had a total weight of 53 grams.
Police later spoke with Munoz-Flores at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where she was being treated for tasing. Court documents state that she told police she was getting a ride home when the pursuit happened.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.