Ref: Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Charges, Including Reckless Driving and Shoplifting
San Juan County, NM - On December 29, 2013, at approximately 0230 hours, San Juan County Sheriff Deputy Nicholas Adegite observed ‘suspicious activity’ of a vehicle. The vehicle was a white Ford Expedition pulling into the Giant at 6176 US 64 in Bloomfield, NM.
“The driver of the vehicle appeared to see me and leave the scene immediately,” said Deputy Adegite. “I noticed the vehicle did not have a license plate light, so I attempted to catch up to it to perform a traffic stop.”
The vehicle did not immediately stop for Deputy Adegite. “It was traveling at more than 70 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone,” explained Adegite. “I activated my emergency lights and then my siren.”. The vehicle still failed to stop. Deputy Adegite caught up with the vehicle as it was approaching an area of road construction on US 64.
“The vehicle failed to stop, then drove over a curb and jumped a large pile of gravel that was there for the construction,” explained Adegite. The vehicle received substantial damage to its front end when it landed. It was at this time that the suspect fled on foot.
Bloomfield Police Officers were in the area and assisted Adegite in a foot pursuit of the suspect. The suspect was apprehended a short time later. He was identified as 36 year-old Sammy Armijo of Truth or Consequences, NM.
“Armijo admitted to seeing the emergency lights and said he thought he could outrun them,” said Adegite. “He said he drove over the curb and jumped the gravel because he had looked behind him to see the emergency lights.”
When law enforcement called dispatch with the vehicle information they were advised that the Ford Expedition was wanted in connection to a shoplifting from the Walmart on East Main in Farmington. “The shoplifting had occurred a few hours earlier,” said Adegite. “As we questioned Armijo, he did admit to the shoplifting.”
The amount of items stolen from Walmart were enough for Adegite to be charged with a Felony. The items were recovered and turned over to Farmington Police. Armijo was treated for a minor injury at San Juan Regional Medical Center. He was later released and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center. Armijo was charged with:
- Two counts of Resisting Evading Eluding,
- Reckless Driving,
- Failure to report crash, and
- Expired Registration.
Farmington Police are expected to charge Armijo with Felony Shoplifting.