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High-speed chase leads to charges

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Police: Vegas man intoxicated

By The Staff

A 27-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and charged Saturday for leading state police on a high-speed chase that finally ended near Pastura when the brakes of his vehicle locked, forcing the vehicle to skid, go airborne and crash into a highway fence, according to a court document.

Erminio Archuleta, of the 3500 block of Lois, is charged with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, Driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, negligent use of a deadly weapon,  and having an open container inside his vehicle.

Magistrate Chris Najar set Archuleta’s bond at $8,000 cash.

The statement of probable cause filed in the case states at at about 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, officers were dispatched to a residence on N.M. 104 in reference to shots fired at a house. Witnesses described the vehicle as a pickup truck with lights on top.

An officer spotted the truck, activated his lights and tried to pull the vehicle over. Instead of stopping, the truck sped up, attempting to flee, the court document states.

It traveled south on N.M. 281 at speeds between 40 and 60 miles per hour. It entered Las Vegas onto Grand Avenue, proceeded south and onto southbound Interstate 25, traveling at speeds of up to 90 mph, the court document states.

The vehicle exited I-25 at exit 339 and turned onto U.S. 84.

“The pickup was swerving all over the road and sparks were coming from the pickups rear rim,” state police said in the court document. The pickup eventually passed Interstate 40 and went onto N.M. 219 heading south and traveling at speeds up to 95 mph in a 55 mph zone.

“When the pickup was approaching the U.S. 54 intersection, the brakes locked and the truck started a driver side broadside skid,” The court document states. “The vehicle continued the skid thru the intersection, across U.S. 54 and onto the unpaved shoulder.”

Authorities said the truck then went up an embankment, causing it to ramp.

“While the vehicle was in the air it rotated 180 degrees and when it landed it collided with the highway fence, come to rest upright.”

Archuleta and a passenger were detained. Archuleta subsequently blew a 0.18 on a breath test, more than twice the state’s presumed level of intoxication for drivers.

Archuleta told police he was at a party at a friend’s house near N.M. 104 when everything got out of hand and people wanted to fight him.

He said he decided to leave the party, and a car almost hit his truck on the way out, the court document states.

He reportedly told police he went outside to confront the guys who wanted to fight him and shot a rifle in the air trying to scare them.

The court document also states that Archuleta told police he drank about six beers and several shots.
He was transported to the San Miguel County Detention Center, where he was booked.