Deputies & State Police respond to fleeing suspect


On 10-31-2012 at approximately 1841 dispatch advised that New Mexico State Police (NMSP) were in pursuit Northbound on US 550 near the 75 mile marker. The call explained that the suspect vehicle had almost hit one of their officers. A NMSP unit had located the vehicle near the Hilltop Gas Station, he described the vehicle as a white Pontiac Grand Am.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of CR5512 and observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle heading northbound. The deputy who located the vehicle followed at as safe distance and followed the vehicle. They continued down CR5512 to CR5510 and then to CR5500. The vehicle ran the red light at CR5500/US64.

The vehicle continued west on US64 and then turned north onto several side streets. It was during this time that deputies lost sight of the vehicle for a short period of time.

The vehicle was located a short time later traveling west on Murray and then turned south and went through the neighborhoods on the south side of Murray. It was at this point that deputies were able to deploy stop sticks and hit the two driver side tires of the suspects vehicles. We continued west on Murray to Miller and went north, then turned west on Maple and Elm and then to Broadway and then west on Main.

The suspect vehicle eventually stopped in a residential neighborhood and a suspect fled from the vehicle, ran and jumped a fence. Deputies gave chase and were able to capture the suspect without incident.

The suspect was identified as Eric Benally, age 32 of Farmington, NM. Benally was charged with: Aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; 4th DWI, Reckless driving; Resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.