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Motorist arrested after allegedly fleeing police

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A motorist faces criminal charges after he allegedly attempted to flee from Roswell police officers and nearly struck a vehicle.

Guadalupe Gonzales (Submitted Photo)

Court records state that Guadalupe Gonzales, 40, of Roswell, was arrested early Thursday in the area of East 2nd Street and Atkinson Avenue. He was subsequently charged with one count each of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; improper display of a registration plate; and unlawful use of a license.

A Roswell police officer had tried to conduct a traffic stop on a gray Escalade at 12:10 a.m. after learning that the registration on the vehicle was expired.

The suspect vehicle reportedly did not stop, instead traveling at a high rate of speed while heading east on Matthews Street before crossing Garden Avenue and nearly T-boning a vehicle that was heading south on Atkinson Avenue.

According to court filings, another officer encountered the Escalade after seeing a large cloud of dust in the area of Bland and Elm streets. The Escalade accelerated through an intersection, allegedly ignoring a stop light in the area of Atkinson Avenue and Bland Street.

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The officer responded by following the Escalade and catching up to it from behind as the suspect vehicle began to slow down. The officer then initiated an emergency stop on the Escalade for running a red light.

Gonzales, who was subsequently identified as the driver and lone occupant of the Escalade, exited the vehicle and complied with police commands. It was later found Gonzales’ license had been revoked.

When questioned by police, Gonzales said that he had been traveling to his sister’s residence and he reportedly admitted to knowingly driving with a revoked license.

Court documents state when questioned about the vehicle he nearly collided with, Gonzales said he thought that vehicle was going to stop for a four-way stop, but instead he was forced to swerve to avoid hitting it.

Bond was set for Gonzales at $1,000 cash by Judge E.J. Fouratt during a first appearance Thursday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

In accordance with his conditions of release, court records state that Gonzales is prohibited from driving a vehicle in New Mexico while his case is pending.

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

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