FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old woman has been accused of leading deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office on a high-speed chase in a vehicle containing methamphetamine, money and her two infant children, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office stated Brittaney Escojeda, arrested on Aug. 10, is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on 21 pending charges, including methamphetamine trafficking, multiple counts of child abuse, multiple counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and criminal damage to property.
The release stated that deputies spotted Escojeda fueling her vehicle at 5 a.m. on Aug. 10 at a gas station on U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington. The deputies recognized that the woman was wanted on a felony warrant for burglary. The deputies attempted to make contact with her, but she fled in her SUV with the fuel hose still attached. Her children, ages 1 and 2, were in the vehicle and not restrained, the release stated.
The officers pursued the woman but stopped because they feared for the children's safety. The woman was found after she crashed her vehicle through a fence about three miles down the road in an attempt to hide, the release stated.
The officers approached the scene of the crash and the woman allegedly rammed her vehicle into the deputy's squad car. She then fled on foot, carrying her children. She was eventually taken into custody without further incident and family members took custody of the children.
Deputies said in the complaint that methamphetamine and cash were "strewn" about the interior of Escojeda's vehicle. Escojeda allegedly confessed that she had more methamphetamine in a separate vehicle.
Altogether, 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine was recovered from Escojeda and her two vehicles, according to the release.
According to court records, Escojeda was previously convicted on drug-related charges in 2010 and 2013. She has not yet been formally charged in relation to the Aug. 10 incident, court records indicate.