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Dexter man arrested following police chase

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A high-speed vehicle pursuit through south Roswell ended Thursday night with the arrest of a Dexter man.

Luis Carlos-Oropesa, 22, allegedly crashed into a light post on Main Street before leading police on a chase that at times reached speeds as high as 110 mph.

“Mr. Carlos-Oropesa’s action(s) were highly dangerous and placed numerous other members of the community in danger,” court documents state. “He recklessly entered intersections nearly striking other vehicles.”

Carlos-Oropesa, according to court records, faces charges of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; driving while license revoked; failure to give information and render aid, accident with no great bodily harm or death; failure to notify owner upon striking fixture or property; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to vehicle; and failure to give immediate notice of accidents.

The pursuit began at about 9:09 p.m. when a Roswell Police Department officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 near the intersection of North Main Street and West College Boulevard. Court records state the vehicle was known to have eluded other officers on at least three separate occasions throughout the week.

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When the officer activated the lights on the police vehicle, court documents state the F-150 entered the intersection and hit a light pole on the median. The F-150 then veered into the northbound lane of the intersection.

“The driver of the vehicle, later discovered to be Mr. Luis Carlos-Oropesa, nearly lost control of the vehicle, but he was able to regain it and continued south on Main Street at about 90 mph,” court records state.

Carlos-Oropesa then proceeded south with only his vehicle’s emergency lights on.

The pursuit periodically turned onto other streets before returning to South Main Street. At one point Carlos-Oropesa reportedly ran a traffic light at the intersection of South Main and West McGaffey streets before continuing along Southeast Main Street.

The F-150 then turned east onto Wildy Street before heading south on South Main Street. The truck eventually reached East Hobson Road as sparks flew from under the front tires.

Court records state the pursuit came to a halt when Carlos-Oropesa crashed into an irrigation ditch in a field southwest of Hobson Road and Hummingbird Lane.

“Mr. Carlos-Oropesa immediately exited the vehicle and dropped to the ground, where he was detained without further incident,” court records state. Once in custody, he refused to talk to officers.

Carlos-Oropesa’s bond was set by Judge K.C. Rogers Friday at $20,000 cash or surety.

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

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