Police convene near the Candlewood Inn after apprehending a suspect who had been driving at high rates of speed through Roswell, Friday. Mark Wilson Photo
Matthew Evans, 26, was apprehended Friday after a high-speed chase that began in Torrance County and ended on North Main Street in Roswell. Police said that at times Evans’ speed was more than 130 mph.
Sgt. Lawrence Murray of the New Mexico State Police said the chase began in Torrance County when deputies working on I-40 noticed Evans’ silver Audi and tried to initiate a traffic stop. Evans proceeded onto I-40 eastbound after almost striking both deputies with his car and headed south on U.S. 285. He continued through Vaughn and police temporarily lost sight of the car, before catching up to him headed toward Roswell.
As they approached Roswell city limits, officers discontinued the high-speed pursuit for the safety of the citizens and lost sight of Evans again. During this time, Goddard High, Del Norte Elementary and one other school in the area were locked down to ensure students’ safety as a combination of State Police, Chaves County Sheriff’s officers and the Roswell Police Department continued the chase.
The RPD received a description of the car and located it parked behind the ER section of Lovelace Regional Hospital. The suspect was not in his car when police found it, but they found him and chased him through the hospital building, the National 9 Inn, and the Sally Port Inn. Evans was running in the direction of Home Depot, when he was apprehended near Applebee’s by a sheriff’s deputy.
The suspect is currently in custody at the Chaves County Detention Center with a warrant from Texas for arson.
Murray couldn’t comment on the charges Evans will face, but he did say he was pleased with all involved for catching him with no harm to the communities.
“It was a good collaborative effort between all the agencies to apprehend him,” he said.