A Santa Fe man was apprehended and arrested on the afternoon of Oct. 10, after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop.

Pojoaque Police Lt. Abraham Baca was leaving the Pojoaque Police Department when he saw a brown Ford Edge traveling north on U.S. Highway 84. He realized it fit the description of a possibly stolen vehicle, so he exited from Gutierrez Street and tried to catch up. 

While behind the vehicle, he confirmed the license plate and then engaged his emergency equipment, in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. 

“The vehicle traveled a distanced (sic) before pulling over onto the right paved shoulder near milepost #184,” Española Police Officer Abenicio Maes wrote in his incident report. He helped Baca with pursuing the vehicle.

Once the Edge pulled over, Baca got out of his patrol unit and gave a verbal request for the driver, later identified as Nicholas Martinez, 24, of Santa Fe, to exit the vehicle. 

“Lieutenant Baca advised the driver attempt to put both hands outside the driver side door window,” Maes wrote. “While he was providing verbal instructions for the driver to exit his vehicle, the driver looked back facing me and fled from the traffic stop.”

Baca then lost sight of the Edge when he entered Española city limits. Maes was advised by dispatch that Baca was trying to stop a vehicle, so he joined the pursuit.

Though Baca lost sight of the vehicle, a passerby told him it had gone down Upper San Pedro Road, so he went there. 

“Lieutenant Baca did observed (sic) a male subject exit from Drive 403 and walk/jog heading west on Middle San Pedro Road,” Maes wrote.

As he was fleeing, the man (Martinez) looked back and that’s when the officer recognized him as the driver of the stolen vehicle.

Martinez them jumped two wire fences and ran through a field. Baca commanded him to stop, but Martinez ignored him. The lieutenant was able to catch him and he was put in handcuffs and taken into custody without incident.

Fairview Towing towed the vehicle after several failed attempts to contact the owner.

According to an online court records search, Martinez was charged with one count each of receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles (first offense), aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest). 

He made his first appearance in Española Magistrate Court on Oct. 12 and was released on his own recognizance by Judge Alexandra Naranjo, on Oct. 19. The case was dismissed by prosecutors on Oct. 20.

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