NM man gets prison for assault on a tribal officer

January 27, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced [auth] to more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a tribal officer in Taos Pueblo.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Dallas Chase Barth was sentenced Monday to a 27-month prison term followed by two years of supervised release.

He was arrested last August based on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court filings, Barth took a van belonging to a U.S. Postal Service contractor outside a convenience store in Espanola.

He then led officers from several law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase to Taos Pueblo, pursued by two tribal police officers in marked vehicles.

Authorities say Barth was arrested after he made a U-turn and drove toward one of the tribal officers, who narrowly escaped injury.

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