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Man arrested following police chase

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Roswell Police arrested a man Tuesday morning after he led them on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

Samuel Rey Duran, 25, of Roswell, was booked at the Chaves County Detention Center Tuesday at 6:18 a.m. on charges of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle; and resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer, according to a jail commit booking report from the Detention Center.

Following an initial appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court Tuesday, bail was set for Duran at $20,000 cash or surety bond, according to electronic court records.

The pursuit began at about 2 a.m. when an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a white GMC dually pickup truck at the intersection of Ballard Street and Southeast Main Street. Documents filed in Magistrate Court state the initial reason for the stop was a license-plate light was out on the pickup.

When the officer activated the lights on his marked police unit, the pickup allegedly sped off and ran a red light, while turning east at the intersection of Poe and Southeast Main streets.

Continuing eastbound, the pickup allegedly sped through a stop sign at the intersection of Atkinson Avenue and Poe Street, and nearly struck another vehicle on the road, according to court documents.

After following it at a distance, Roswell Police later located the unoccupied pickup at the intersection of Hinkle and Hoagland streets.

Police later learned the suspected driver was Duran, court documents state. A surveillance camera was in the area where the pickup was located and police later viewed the footage.

While viewing footage from the camera, police observed two individuals emerge from the pickup and run westbound. Police subsequently checked the area where the two subjects ran, according to court documents.

Officers eventually located one of the individuals, a man later identified as Duran, on a roof two houses west of where the abandoned pickup was located. He wore dark clothing consistent with that of one of the individuals seen on the surveillance camera exiting from the driver’s side of the pickup.

Initially, Duran refused to climb down from the roof, despite commands from officers to do so. He pretended to be asleep but was actually on his cellphone before he finally came down from the roof.

Police later learned that the white pickup had been reported stolen and the license plate on the vehicle did not belong to the pickup, court documents state.

Electronic court records from New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District show Duran has a criminal record that extends back to at least 2013 on convictions for aggravated fleeing an officer, aggravated assault on a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance.

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