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Man arrested after Saturday morning chase

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A Roswell man was arrested Saturday following a high-speed pursuit in which two law enforcement officers narrowly avoided being struck by the suspect’s vehicle.

Jacob P. Sigala (Submitted Photo)

Jacob P. Sigala, 29, of Roswell, was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he allegedly led Roswell police and Chaves County sheriff’s deputies on a vehicle chase along Main Street and through residential neighborhoods and alleyways, according to documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Sigala was subsequently charged with one criminal count each of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer.

The pursuit began Saturday at 2:19 a.m. on Hobson Road when a deputy witnessed a silver Toyota Corolla — whose driver was later identified as Sigala — drive past him at a high rate of speed.

Court documents state the deputy responded by activating the lights on his vehicle and attempting a stop on the Corolla, which allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Hobson Road and Main Street.

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The Corolla allegedly continued at a high rate of speed north on Main Street, driving erratically as it entered city limits while reportedly disregarding stop signs, traffic lights, speed limits and right of way, and driving recklessly in opposing lanes of travel.

During the chase, one police officer and one deputy narrowly averted being hit by the Corolla as it barreled toward them at speeds of up to 70 mph.

The Corolla nearly collided with a police unit pulled over on the west side of 17th Street with an officer inside. According to court documents, the vehicle accelerated toward the unit, with the officer quickly moving the unit onto Delaware Avenue and out of the suspect’s lane of travel.

A deputy was also nearly struck by the fleeing Corolla while sitting in his vehicle in the westbound lane at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and McGaffey Street, when he saw the suspect vehicle proceeding toward him at a high rate of speed.

Fearing a collision and bodily harm, the deputy was able to move out of the suspect vehicle’s path.

The pursuit ended in an alleyway in the 2400 block of North Garden Avenue when Sigala allegedly drove the vehicle into a pole, according to court documents. He then fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later.

Sigala was checked by emergency medical personnel at the scene before being taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for further examination and then released.

Court documents state Sigala refused to provide a statement or talk with law enforcement after he was read his Miranda rights.

Sigala was the subject of an arrest warrant issued Sept. 16 following his failure to appear in Magistrate Court for a preliminary examination while out on $25,000 cash or surety bond while facing charges related to a high-speed chase, with his 4-year-old son in the backseat of his vehicle at the time.

Judge K.C. Rogers during a hearing in Magistrate Court Monday ordered Sigala to be released from the Chaves County Detention Center on his own recognizance, court documents state.

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