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Man arrested for high-speed chase

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A man who led Chaves County Sheriffs deputies on a high-speed chase through the streets of south Roswell was arrested Dec. 11.

Eron Calvillo, 21, of Roswell, faces one count of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court. He had been wanted on two Chaves County Magistrate Court warrants for failure to comply with conditions of probation.

Bond for Calvillo was set at $20,000 cash or surety bond during an appearance Dec. 12 in Magistrate Court. As of Monday, Calvillo was still being held at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to a jail population summary.

The chase began when a deputy saw a silver Mazda in the parking lot of the Allsup’s Convenience Store at 6000 S. Main St. The deputy stated the Mazda matched the description of one that had eluded Roswell Police on multiple occasions, and earlier in the day escaped from Eddy County law enforcement.

The deputy also learned Calvillo, who was believed to be driving the Mazda, had active warrants out for his arrest.

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When the deputy approached the Mazda, Calvillo allegedly sped away. The deputy then pursued the Mazda, according to court documents. The vehicle then allegedly turned onto South Main Street and then eastbound onto East Hobson Road with his headlights off.

The pursuit continued with the Mazda allegedly running stop signs on numerous streets and causing some motorists to pull off to the side of roads.

When the Mazda reached Y O Road and West Crossroads, the vehicle ran off the road, nearly crashing into a fence. The chase then proceeded northbound, when the vehicle hit “stop sticks” — spike strips — set by sheriff’s deputies to stop the Mazda and end the chase.

When the Mazda hit the stop sticks, pieces of tire and road debris began hitting the units of sheriff’s deputies who were in pursuit, according to court documents.

Continuing westbound onto East Hobson Road, the front tire came off the Mazda completely and Calvillo was driving on the rim.

The pursuit continued westbound on East Hobson Street, before crossing the railroad tracks and turning south into a dirt field. The pursuit continued through the field before coming onto pavement again on East Eyman Street while traveling westbound, court documents state.

When the pursuit reached East Eyman Street and Walker Road, the Mazda turned southbound and headed toward Eastern New Mexico State University-Roswell.

The chase eventually headed northbound on Sunset Avenue, with the Mazda turning westbound onto the Relief Route.

As the pursuit continued northbound on the Relief Route approaching West Brasher Road, the pursuit reached a spot where guard rails were on both sides of the road.

A sheriff deputy’s unit then moved up alongside the Mazda on the rear quarter panel of the driver’s side, and slightly drove into the Mazda, causing it to spin out and strike a guard rail on the westside, according to court documents.

The Mazda then continued to spin across the roadway and struck the guard rail on the east side, before coming to a halt.

A passenger in the Mazda was ordered by deputies to exit the vehicle with hands up. The passenger complied with the order and was released at the scene.

Cavillo was taken out of the vehicle, handcuffed and placed in the back of a deputy’s patrol unit.

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