A young Albuquerque woman went for a wild ride in a recreational vehicle reportedly stolen from Thunderbird Trailer Park, 907 N. Atkinson Ave., around 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The 57-year-old victim told the Roswell Police Department that he had picked up Christina Vandergriff, 22, in Albuquerque, and brought her home for the weekend.
According to RPD spokesman Sgt. Jim Preston, the house guest got bored and decided to leave in the RV without either getting permission from the owner or unhooking it. She reportedly tore down a fence when she drove away. In addition, she damaged an awning, the electrical outlet and a sewage line.
The subsequent chase took officials out into the county where Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies continued the pursuit.
“She wrecked near the Fort Sumner turn off on 285 when she hit a pile of gravel and asphalt,” said Sheriff James “Rob” Coon.
“The deputies put down a spike belt down halfway between here and there, but she evaded it,” he said.
According to Coon, Vandergriff achieved speeds of up to 80 miles per hour in the motor home, and she was finally picked up 37 miles north of Roswell by Sheriff’s deputies.
“Vandergriff was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony due to the cost of the vehicle, criminal damage and reckless driving,” said Preston. He also noted that the CCSO is considering filing further charges.
Coon confirmed that they were pursuing charges against Vandergriff for receiving stolen property, aggravated eluding of a peace officer and kidnapping because she picked up a hitchhiker and then refused to let him out of the vehicle. Vandergriff is being held on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.