Law enforcement is still trying to determine why an Indiana man and his girlfriend sped through Taos during a police pursuit that began in Río Arriba County and ended in Colfax County Tuesday …
Law enforcement is still trying to determine why an Indiana man and his girlfriend sped through Taos during a police pursuit that began in Río Arriba County and ended in Colfax County Tuesday morning (Jan. 29).
Taos County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Anthony Scott Owens, a 26-year-old convicted felon from Crawfordsville, Indiana, and Tiffany Sellers, also from Crawfordsville, on charges related to the chase.
Taos County Sheriff’s deputies picked up a “be on the lookout” alert from dispatchers in Río Arriba and Taos counties regarding a high-speed pursuit with police in Española.
They learned that a driver in a white Dodge pickup was fleeing north and had struck a pursuing officer’s vehicle before crossing the county line.
Deputies south of Taos spotted the white truck as it continued north at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour, according to a press release prepared by Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera.
“He’s going to hurt somebody,” one officer reported as he saw the truck tear north through town.
The driver of the vehicle turned east on Kit Carson Road in the middle Taos, striking another vehicle as it continued along U.S. 64 East.
Deputies believe Owens was behind the wheel and Sellers was in the passenger seat when their truck spun out on a dirt road near Angel Fire about an hour later, bringing an end to the first leg of the chase.
Sellers was arrested immediately by Taos County Sheriff’s deputies, who were assisted by New Mexico State Police and the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office. Miera said they found a Glock 23 handgun in the woman’s pocket.
Owens, however, could not be found. Deputies later learned the suspect fled to a nearby home in the remote part of the mountains.
Michael Turri said he was home with his wife when the 26-year-old suspect came knocking on his door. Owens asked him for help pulling his truck from the snowbank where it had crashed, Turri said.
“We live way out in the sticks and thought it unusual for this type of individual [to be] showing up looking for help,” he said.
Turri and his wife gave Owens some food and water before he got into his truck with the young man and began driving him to where the truck was stuck in the snow.
They traveled about a quarter of a mile before Turri saw a sheriff’s truck driving ahead of them.
“We never see cops out here,” Turri remarked to Owens as the sheriff’s vehicle slowed to a stop and a deputy got out.
The deputy promptly asked for their identifications, and after looking at Owens’s license, cuffed the suspect, Turri said. She told Owens he was a person of interest as she searched him for weapons.
The 26-year-old was charged with several felonies related to the chase, including aggravated fleeing and felon in possession of a firearm. Sellers was charged as an accessory. Miera said that there were no signs that the couple had been drinking.
A search of court records revelealed no prior arrest record for either Owens or Sellers in New Mexico. Miera said his office has been in touch with authorities in Crawfordsville, who informed them that Owens was convicted of trafficking a controlled substance in 2012. Sellers was charged with domestic violence related to an attempt to strangle a household member, but was not convicted of the crime.
The sheriff’s office is continuing to seek answers as to what the couple were running from. Owens and Sellers have been booked at the Taos County Adult Detention Center.
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