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Man arrested after alleged near miss with deputy on US 285

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A Carlsbad man faces criminal charges after he allegedly just missed striking a Chaves County deputy’s vehicle on U.S. 285 while driving in the opposing lane of traffic.

Frankie Thomas Granger, 27, was arrested at about midnight Wednesday, according to court documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

He was subsequently charged with one count each of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, refused testing; driving on divided highways; consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in open containers in a motor vehicle, prohibited; and driving on revoked license with an arrest clause.

Court documents state that when Granger appeared in court for arraignment, he entered a plea of not guilty to all four counts.

Granger, according to court documents, was heading southbound in a northbound lane of traffic when he nearly hit the deputy in his marked unit and at least one other vehicle that was on the road and heading northbound.

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The deputy then attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, which did not stop for five or six miles before eventually pulling over onto the median at mile marker 93 on U.S. 285, Sheriff Mike Herrington said in a message posted on the Facebook page of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.

Granger was soon identified as the driver of the SUV and discovered to have a revoked driver’s license, court documents state.

Deputies allegedly observed Granger had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, the odor of alcohol on his breath and a difficult time maintaining his balance, according to court documents. He reportedly also refused to complete standardized field sobriety tests.

Before the SUV was towed away, court documents state deputies discovered two open and half-consumed bottles of vodka inside the vehicle.

Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers on Wednesday set Granger’s bond at $1,000 cash or surety.

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