Man at large, two women detained after car chase ends near Manby Hot Springs

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 4/24/19

A Ranchos de Taos man remains at large and two women were detained after a high-speed chase tore through Taos midmorning Wednesday (April 24) and ended near Manby Hot Springs.

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Man at large, two women detained after car chase ends near Manby Hot Springs

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Updated April 24 at 5 p.m.

A Ranchos de Taos man remains at large and two women were detained after a high-speed chase tore through Taos midmorning Wednesday (April 24) and ended near Manby Hot Springs.

Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera said the pursuit began near the southern entrance to Taos Pueblo on Wednesday morning when a tribal police officer spotted 24-year-old Travis Walker driving in a green Subaru.

Walker, 24, pleaded guilty to kidnapping in October in Taos District Court as part of a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Miera said a warrant was generated by Taos Pueblo Tribal Police, but the undersheriff did not know as of press time what crime Walker was wanted for.

Sheriff's deputies joined Miera and the tribal officer in the pursuit as Walker sped northbound through El Prado and onto U.S. 64 West at speeds estimated to be in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Walker turned on Tune Drive, a gravel and dirt road that leads to Manby Hot Springs.

Miera said he and the tribal officer followed Walker, but got out of their vehicles at a parking lot near the edge of the Río Grande Gorge where they encountered the two women, who have not yet been identified.

They continued to chase Walker on foot as the 24-year-old drove the Subaru through a narrow ravine southbound.

Walker eventually left the vehicle, however, and made his way into a remote part of the gorge, Miera said.

The 24-year-old remains at large as of midafternoon Wednesday. He was last seen wearing black pants, a white T-shirt and an orange overshirt. He is roughly 6 feet tall and has a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Any information regarding Walker's whereabouts should be reported to law enforcement. Taos Pueblo Tribal Police can be reached at (575) 758-8645.

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