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Saturday chase ends with arrest

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A 19-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after leading Roswell Police on a high-speed chase that at times exceeded speeds of 120 mph.

Gabriel Trujillo (Submitted Photo)

Court documents state that Gabriel Trujillo was allegedly driving a 2017 Dodge Charger and accompanied by two passengers when he fled from a Roswell Police officer attempting to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The Charger was spotted by an officer at 12:33 a.m. on West College Boulevard traveling at 100 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, according to police.

The vehicle then allegedly picked up speed as the RPD unit followed behind with its emergency lights activated.

When the pursuit reached the intersection of West College Boulevard and the Roswell Relief Route, court documents indicate, the Charger failed to stop for a stop sign and proceeded across the Relief Route and into a field, where it lost control.

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According to court records, the Charger “ramped over a concrete slab and up the ditch and back onto Relief Route, still proceeding northbound at a high rate of speed.”

The Charger continued north on the Relief Route, reportedly reaching speeds of above 120 mph, before turning east on Berrendo Road and stopping in the middle of the street.

When the officer asked Trujillo why he fled, the suspect allegedly said it was because he was scared, that the passengers told him not to, and because he believed he could get away.

Court documents state that the two passengers said Trujillo “started freaking out and just took off” when he first saw the RPD unit.

Trujillo faces one count each of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, vehicles entering a stop or yield intersection, and racing on highways.

On Monday during an appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court, Judge K.C. Rogers released Trujillo on his own recognizance pending trial, according to electronic court filings.

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

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