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Man arrested north of Roswell following chase

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A 22-year-old man from Los Lunas is in custody after allegedly stealing a vehicle and leading New Mexico State Police on a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 285 north of Roswell.

Mario Caballero (Submitted Photo)

Mario Caballero was arrested Tuesday on U.S. 285 near milepost 193 in Vaughn after allegedly leading state police on a pursuit that at times reached speeds of between 116 and 120 miles per hour, according to a press release issued by state police.

Caballero faces one count each of possession of stolen vehicles or motor vehicles, and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer.

State police, according to the release, received an alert Tuesday at 3:50 p.m. to be on the lookout for a Toyota Corolla that was possibly heading north on U.S. 285, reportedly containing an individual believed to have been involved in a carjacking in Roswell.

A state police officer spotted the Corolla traveling north on U.S. 285 near milepost 186. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver — later identified as Caballero — refused to pull over, prompting the pursuit.

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Continuing north, the Corolla traveled on the shoulder of the northbound lane at high speeds while passing other vehicles.

The release states the pursuit came to a halt when a state police officer deployed tire-deflation devices. The Corolla drove over the devices, causing it to slow down.

A high-risk traffic stop was carried out on the Corolla, and after commands were given by state police for Caballero to exit the vehicle, Caballero did so peacefully and without further incident.

Caballero was subsequently taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and later released before being transported and booked at the Guadalupe Adult Detention Center, the release states.

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

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