Man facing charges of fleeing, resisting officers

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By David Giuliani

A man is facing a number of charges after he fled city police officers earlier this month — a pursuit ended by an empty gasoline tank.

Thomas Martinez, 26, 2330 N. Gonzales St., was arrested on charges of fleeing and resisting officers, having a suspended or revoked driver’s license, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

According a police report, an officer was dispatched to Seventh and Williams streets during the afternoon of Jan. 9 because of a call about a reckless driver in a white Ford pickup truck. The officer checked the reported license number and found it was Martinez’s.

The officer attempted to stop the truck at Eighth and Williams, but Martinez kept going, police said. The suspect led the officer on a pursuit on Legion, Old National and Palo Verde, then he proceeded onto Mills Avenue, speeding about 70 mph, police said.

Martinez led officers onto Interstate 25, then he stopped on the highway just south of town, police said. As he came out of the truck, he was smoking a cigarette and refusing to comply with officers’ orders, according to the report. He then was taken down to the ground and started fighting officers, police said. He was handcuffed and put into a police car.

An officer told Martinez that there was a warrant for his arrest. According to the police report, Martinez responded, “If I wouldn’t have run out of gas, you cops wouldn’t have caught me. Take these handcuffs off, and I will take you all on.”

A magistrate judge placed Martinez’s bail at $25,000 cash-only.