He drove over the speed limit in the wrong lane, popped his tire on a curb, then crashed — and he was sober.
Jeremy Sena, 26, of Roswell, was arrested after leading New Mexico State Police on a car chase along Second Street, Thursday night.
Sena has been charged with reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license and aggravated fleeing of an officer, which is a fourth degree felony, according to a Friday press release from NMSP.
At the time of his arrest, Sena was out on bond for armed robbery and assault with intent to commit a violent crime, the release stated.
The Roswell Police Department sought Sena for questioning last month with regard to an Oct. 22 shooting. He is currently held without bond at Chaves County Jail.
The chase began at 8:58 p.m. when an NMSP officer observed a silver Cadillac speeding eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic on Second Street, according to the release.
NMSP spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said he does not know at what speed Sena was traveling when NMSP Officer Marcus Gonzales, the officer primarily involved in chasing Sena, first observed the Cadillac.
“I know that at one point, in a residential area, he was going 50 in a 25 mile per hour zone,” said Gutierrez.
NMSP Officer Pablo Macias aided in apprehending Sena. NMSP also made use of a helicopter to assist in capturing him.
Gutierrez said he did not know why Sena was speeding.
“This guy’s a felon so, obviously, he probably didn’t want to go to jail that night,” he commented.
The incident lasted over two hours, in which time Sena lost control of his car twice.
The first time Sena lost control, he hit a curb and popped the rear passenger tire of the car at the corner of Second Street and Lea Avenue, according to the release.
The chase continued until Sena crashed the car, Gutierrez said.
The release stated that the car was disabled between Lea and Missouri avenues, after which Sena attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.
Gutierrez said Sena was not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.