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Police seek information in Wednesday chase

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Roswell police are still seeking information about the occupants of a vehicle involved in a Wednesday night high-speed chase.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said in a statement that the chase ended with the suspect vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder, being abandoned in the parking lot of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center in the 900 block of North Main Street.

Three occupants who were in the Pathfinder fled the scene on foot, running east in the Spring River riverbed, according to the statement. One of the three subjects, a 20-year-old man, was subsequently found in the riverbed just west of Garden Avenue and taken into custody.

No charges had been filed against the man as of Thursday, and despite a search, police were not able to find the other two individuals.

“Investigators are looking into possible identities of the other two subjects,” Wildermuth said. He added that anyone with information about the subjects or the incident itself should contact the RPD at 575-624-6770.

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The pursuit began at about 8:45 p.m., when a police officer spotted the Pathfinder heading south on North Main Street. According to the statement, the Pathfinder had been reported to police as an embezzled vehicle earlier in the week after a woman allegedly borrowed it from her mother and failed to return it.

When the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Pathfinder near Sherrill Lane, the driver refused to stop and turned off Main Street before soon returning to Main Street and continuing to travel southbound.

As the Pathfinder began to accelerate, officers ended the pursuit but continued to follow at a distance.

Once it reached South Main Street, the Pathfinder turned onto a series of side streets before returning to South Main Street, according to the statement.

After reaching the area of South Main and Chisum Streets, the Pathfinder turned around and traveled north on Main Street, driving through stop lights, ignoring stop signs, traveling at high rates of speed and occasionally heading north in southbound lanes.

A New Mexico State Police unit then joined the pursuit and assisted an RPD unit before both units reached the area of North Main Street and Linda Vista Boulevard. The pathfinder then turned around before again heading south on Main Street.

According to the statement, RPD had deployed a spike strip north of 19th Street, puncturing one of the Pathfinder’s tires before the occupants abandoned the vehicle behind the Convention & Civic Center.

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