High speed Taos chase ends in rollover

New Year's Eve keeps law enforcement, first responders busy

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 1/1/20

First responders were on the way to the scene of a head on collision at 91 Cabresto Road at 11 p.m. New Year's Eve at about the same time a high speed chase along State Road 150 and up El Salto ended in a rollover and one person in custody.

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High speed Taos chase ends in rollover

New Year's Eve keeps law enforcement, first responders busy

Posted

Updated: 11:45 p.m.

First responders were on the way to the scene of a head on collision at 91 Cabresto Road in Questa at 11 p.m. New Year's Eve at about the same time a high speed chase along State Road 150 and up El Salto ended in a rollover and one person in custody.

The incidents followed that of an earlier suspected drunk driver crashing into The Coffee Spot on Paseo del Pueblo Norte. That driver was arrested for DWI, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

Report of a high speed chase began at about 10:40 p.m. with the driver of a car taking law enforcement on a chase that began along Paseo del Pueblo Sur with Taos Police in pursuit. A Taos County Sheriff's deputy joined the chase as the driver turned onto State Road 150  and sped up to 100 miles per hour.   Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe called a halt to the chase out of concerns for public safety, according to the reports. The driver slowed his car down to about 40 miles per hour and turned up El Salto Road when law enforcement, including a Taos Pueblo tribal unit, picked the chase up again. 

The driver "did a 180" on the narrow icy El Salto Road and charged in the car back toward law enforcement, according to Hogrefe, who was at the scene. The suspect's car clipped the tribal unit and then slipped off the road and rolled.

A passenger in the car managed to get out of the vehicle before it rolled and escaped on foot, Hogrefe said. As the car rolled, the driver, Joseph Martinez, 20, bailed out and tried to run away. Martinez was taken into custody and transported to Holy Cross Hospital to be checked for injuries, Hogrefe said.

New Mexico State Police were responding to the head-on collision in Questa. 

This is a developing story.

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