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Two arrested in 93-mile high-speed pursuit

Roswell police, Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies and New Mexico State Police shut down both lanes of traffic on U.S. 285 at mile marker 201, south of Vaughn, while detaining two individuals who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase. (Submitted Photo courtesy Charles Yslas/Chaves County Sheriff’s Office)

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A Friday high-speed chase that began in Roswell and spanned 93 miles ended with the apprehension of a man and woman.

As of Saturday, Antonio Romero, 29, was still hospitalized for injuries he sustained when the suspect vehicle he was driving rolled over, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.

On Saturday morning, Romero and the female passenger led authorities on a pursuit, reaching speeds up to 100 mph at times, and eventually ending at noon on U.S. 285 south of Vaughn.

Romero, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and failure to comply with terms of probation, will be arrested upon discharge from the hospital, Wildermuth said.

Wildermuth added that Romero will likely also be charged at some point with criminal counts related to the pursuit, as well as in connection to the gray four-door Sedan he was driving, which was reported stolen.

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The female passenger, whose name was not disclosed as of Saturday, is expected to face criminal charges in an unrelated case involving a separate stolen vehicle.

Roswell police, Chaves County deputies and New Mexico State Police were all involved in the pursuit, which shut down traffic for a time in both the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 285.

Charles Yslas, Chaves County undersheriff, said Friday the chase began in the area of North Kentucky Avenue and West College Boulevard, when Roswell police spotted the vehicle, which matched the description believed to be frequently driven by a suspect in a recent shooting.

The suspect vehicle then fled turning onto North Main Street and heading north, leaving city limits. Yslas said a NMSP helicopter also participated in the chase.

The pursuit ended when speed sticks were deployed near the 201 mile marker on U.S. 285, Yslas said. The driver then swerved either after hitting the speed sticks or attempting to avoid them, causing the vehicle to cross the median and the southbound lane before landing west of the road.

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

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