On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at approximately 2150 hours San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to attempt to intercept one vehicle ramming another near the intersection of New Mexico Hwy 516 and County Road 350.Deputies responded to the area and located a red, 80’s model GMC truck actively chasing a smaller Ford truck. The driver of the GMC, later identified as 52 year-old Stephen Freeman of Farmington, was pulled over and detained without incident.
Subsequent investigation revealed the driver of the Ford truck was Freeman’s ex-girlfriend, 43 year-old Patricia Moore of Farmington. Freeman had been at Moore’s house doing a repair when he began acting oddly. Moore suspected drug usage and asked him to leave. A short time later Moore prepared to leave the residence with three juvenile family members ranging from ages 13 to 14 years-old. As they left, Freeman came speeding down the road and attempted to block them in the driveway. Moore was able to get around Freeman’s vehicle, and he began chasing her, attempting to force her off the road. Moore and the children claimed that Freeman rammed their vehicle twice from behind during his attempts to force Moore off the highway. Freeman denied the ramming allegations, saying he was just trying to get Moore to pull over.
“We were able to locate fresh, corresponding paint transfer and damage to both vehicles, supporting Morre and the kids’ version of events,” said Deputy Aeschlimann. Freeman was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on the charges of Aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, Aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, Abuse of a child (placing a child in a dangerous situation) and Reckless driving. His bond was set at $100,000.