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Man pleads not guilty to charges in chase

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A man who allegedly led Roswell police on a vehicle pursuit and then a foot chase in August has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

When he appeared at his arraignment hearing Monday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County, court records state that Anthony Romero, 37, of Roswell, entered a plea of not guilty to one count each of firearms or destructive devices, receipt, transportation or possession by a felon; aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; resisting, evading or eluding an officer; tampering with evidence; and failure to use turning movements and required signals.

Judge Dustin K. Hunter scheduled a jury trial in the matter for May 10, 2022.

Romero was charged with the criminal counts following an Aug. 16 pursuit that ended with his arrest on Brown Street, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Police encountered Romero while trying to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle he was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed near the intersection of East Alameda and South Beech streets.

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For three blocks, court records state, Romero continued driving north on Beech Street before attempting to turn east on East First Street and subsequently losing control of the vehicle before it came to a halt in the front yard of an 1100 block of East First Street residence.

Romero then allegedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot, running west through the carport of a nearby residence. No other passengers were found to be inside the vehicle Romero was allegedly driving at the time.

An officer then observed Romero running east on Brown Street, toward an apartment building, while shouting “brother help me.” The officer then caught up to Romero, allowing him to take down and detain the suspect.

When police retraced Romero’s footsteps from the yard where the vehicle stopped, court filings state that a loaded handgun was discovered between the carport and a house on South Beech Street. A holster for a handgun was also found by police in another nearby yard on the same street.

Romero allegedly admitted to being a convicted felon, but otherwise refused to talk.

In addition to the charges filed against him, officers later learned Romero was the subject of three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Bail was later set for Romero at $50,000 cash or surety.

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

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