FARMINGTON >> A San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy arrested a man early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 64 near a construction site in Bloomfield.

Sammy Armijo, a 36-year-old man from Truth or Consequences, fled from Deputy Nicholas Adegite at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Adegite said Armijo acted "suspicious" because he drove away from the Giant gas station at 6176 U.S. Highway 64 as soon as he saw the deputy. Armijo also didn't have a license plate on his Ford Expedition, Adegite said in a prepared statement.

Adegite said he tried to pull Armijo over and Armijo started driving more than 70 miles per hour into the construction zone on U.S. Highway 64 in Bloomfield.

"The vehicle failed to stop, then drove over a curb and jumped a large pile of gravel that was there for the construction," Adegite said.

The sheriff's office said after the crash, Armijo fled.

Adegite and Bloomfield police officers chased Armijo down and arrested him, according to the sheriff's office.

Armijo allegedly told police after his arrest that he knew Adegite was trying to pull him over when he fled the deputy, according to the sheriff's office.

Police also said Armijo was a suspect in a Farmington police shoplifting case. Adegite said Armijo admitted to the shoplifting.

Armijo was booked into jail charged with two counts of resisting and evading, reckless driving, failure to report a crash and driving with expired registration.

Farmington police may charge Armijo with shoplifting, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Farmington police didn't say whether Armijo had been charged by Monday evening.


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