SILVER CITY — A Santa Clara woman was arrested last weekend after she allegedly refused to stop for police and then rammed her car into several police cars, damaging them, and had to be forcibly removed from her vehicle.
The incident began when Santa Clara police were called to a home in the 100 block of West Oak Street just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 in reference to a disturbance. One of the residents of the home told police that "his brother's girlfriend was drinking again and causing problems and he would like her to leave," according to the statement of probable cause filed Monday in Bayard Magistrate Court. The officer told the man that he would need a court order to get the woman removed and told him to go see the judge on Monday.
The officer then approached a car parked on the east side of the home and tried to speak with the woman, who was sitting inside, and was identified as Pamela Gomez, 43. The officer knocked on the driver's side window and Gomez looked at the office and mouth the words "F___ you," and drove off, headed east on Oak St. The officer got in his car and pursued Gomez, and tried to pull her over, but she refused to stop and eventually drove off the road on S. Bellum, near the cemetery, just missing a utility pole, and continued on to Highway 180, heading south towards Bayard. Bayard officers were conducting a saturation patrol, Santa Clara Police Chief Lonnie Sandoval said, and they joined the pursuit. Between the three police
The Santa Clara officer approached Gomez's vehicle again and tried to get her to come out, but she remained inside her vehicle with the doors locked. She then threw her car in reverse and backed up into one of the Bayard units, damaging the bumper and right driver's side quarter panel, then drove forward, and reversed again, and pushed one Bayard unit into the other, damaging that car's right rear fender bumper and right rear tire. Officer then broke out both side windows to Gomez's vehicle and pulled her out of the car, kicking and cursing.
Gomez kicked several Bayard officers and continued to hurl insults at the Santa Clara officer, calling him a "white pig," and telling him to "go suck himself" and refused to take a field sobriety test.
Gomez was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, aggravated fleeing, criminal damage to property, and two counts of battery on a police officer. She was booked into the Grant County Detention Center and had to be restrained in a chair there. She was released on Monday on an unsecured bond.
Christine Steele can be reached at 575-538-5893 ext. 5802.