A man was arrested Tuesday night on multiple charges after leading officers from several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase in and around Roswell and nearly colliding with police units.
Cody Allen Brown, 27, of Roswell, was arrested after surrendering to Roswell police and New Mexico State Police. According to documents filed Wednesday in Chaves County Magistrate Court, Brown faces two criminal counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer along with one count each of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and no proof of insurance.
Through the pursuit, speeds reached as high as 99 miles per hour as the suspect allegedly failed to obey stop signs and traffic lights, and veered into lanes of oncoming traffic. He also sought to evade capture by driving at excessive speeds through residential neighborhoods and alleyways and nearly colliding with several police units, court documents state.
Brown was eventually stopped and apprehended when PIT maneuvers — also know as Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuvers — were executed by law enforcement and disabled the black Nissan Pathfinder he is reported to have been driving.
Roswell police along with Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies and New Mexico State Police all participated in the pursuit.
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Court documents state the pursuit began in downtown Roswell at 9:37 p.m. Tuesday when two on-duty officers in a patrol unit saw the Pathfinder exceeding the speed limit and failing to obey a stop sign at the intersection of East Walnut and South Main streets.
Officers then reportedly turned around and attempted to perform a traffic stop on the Pathfinder as it turned west onto Alameda Street, exceeding speed limits and failing to observe stop signs while turning onto various streets.
Eventually the Pathfinder reached the Enchanted Hills neighborhood without stopping and reportedly endangering the lives of others.
The Pathfinder, according to court documents, then exited the neighborhood by traveling northbound onto Moore Street, before allegedly running a stop sign while turning west onto College Boulevard.
When the Pathfinder reached Sycamore Avenue between Berrendo and County Club roads, court documents state, the vehicle accelerated to speeds of up to 80 miles per hour and purportedly attempted to ram into a police unit that was traveling northbound.
Neither of the two officers inside the unit were injured as they narrowly averted a head-on collision with the Pathfinder by a few feet, court documents state.
The pursuit continued, heading out of city limits and passing the Relief Route while continuing west on U.S. 380.
State police, court documents state, set up “stop sticks” at mile marker 316, which flattened the driver’s side front tire.
The Pathfinder continued westbound on U.S. 380, alternating between increasing its speed and slowing down, while swerving all over the roadway.
“The vehicle would decrease speeds to 30 like he was going to stop then resume speeding at rates of up to 90 miles per hour again,” court documents state.
When the Pathfinder reached mile marker 305, it cut across the median into the eastbound lane and headed back to Roswell. Officers were radioed to try to block the portion of Second Street at the Relief Route so the Pathfinder could not reenter the city.
Another PIT maneuver was eventually successful in immobilizing the Pathfinder, court documents state.
Brown made his first appearance in Magistrate Court Wednesday where electronic court records state that Judge E.J. Fouratt set Brown’s bail at $50,000 cash or surety bond.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or email@example.com.