One man is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he led Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed pursuit Tuesday night.
The name of the man who took his own life is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Sheriff Mike Herrington said Tuesday.
The chase began at 8:16 p.m., soon after a deputy pulled over a truck near the Relief Route and West Second Street for an unspecified traffic violation.
Herrington said deputies moved to arrest the driver for concealing his identity after he refused to provide them with his information.
When the deputy attempted to put him in handcuffs, the driver jumped into his vehicle and sped away. One deputy was knocked to the ground by the speeding vehicle, but was not injured, Herrington said.
Deputies pursued the vehicle onto West Second Street. When the pursuit reached Sunset Avenue, spike strips were deployed and tires on the truck were blown, but the man continued driving on the vehicle’s rims.
The pursuit then turned onto another street, and eventually reached Southeast Main Street where deputies attempted to stop the vehicle by performing PIT — pursuit intervention technique — maneuvers.
The truck then veered off the road into a field. The driver then eventually shot himself with what is believed to be a handgun, Herrington said.
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