Man leads police on high-speed chase

February 20, 2013 • Local News

Police stand watch as a truck is towed from a residence on Olive Avenue in Midway following a chase and pursuit, Tuesday afternoon. (Mark Wilson Photo)

East Grand Plains Elementary was locked down Tuesday afternoon after a clerk contacted the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office about a male subject who was causing a commotion at Dollar General, 125 E. Lupton Rd.

According to SO’s Lt. [auth] Britt Snyder, when officials arrived at the store at Midway, the subject took off on Hwy 2 toward Dexter. “I gather he knew he had six outstanding warrants from the city.”

The male suspect, Alex Sertuche, drove north on Hwy 285 and turned left on Darby Road, circling back toward Midway.

Sheriff’s deputies laid down spikes, which the suspect drove over, puncturing two tires. He continued on his rims, achieving speeds of 60 miles per hour.

During the chase, the 28-year-old Sertuche threw clothes from his truck. Later, he damaged a fence along Midway. He abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.

“He was apprehended about two blocks from Dollar General at his girlfriend’s parents’ house. They found him hiding in a camper trailer,” said Snyder. “He was arrested on charges of evading a peace officer.”

Snyder said the outstanding warrants included three failure to appear and three failure to pay fines.

The Roswell Police Department spokeswoman Sabrina Morales said that Sertuche had a long list of arrests dating back to 2001 — from driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and possession of drugs.

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