Suspect charged following high-speed chase


LEA COUNTY, New Mexico (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Lea County Sheriff’s Office arrested one suspect following a high-speed chase that began in Texas and ended in New Mexico.

Lea County officials say around 8:10 p.m. Sunday night, they were contacted by the Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety for help in stopping an orange Ford F-250 pickup.

Lea County Deputies located the suspect on State Road 132 and entered the chase.

Officials say at one point, a Yoakum County Deputy attempted a “PIT” maneuver on the pickup, which later swung around and collided with the deputy’s patrol vehicle.

The Yoakum County deputy then got out of the vehicle and fied at the suspect’s tires, according to the release. However, the suspect continued, and officials say he was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Eventually, the suspect’s passenger side tires came off, forcing the driver to slow down. But, LCSO officials say the driver continued to evade law enforcement before stopping at an intersection in Hobbs.

The driver, Brian Quesada, of Hobbs, was later taken into custody and is awaiting extradition back to Texas.

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