Shiprock man charged with fleeing police, causing crash on U.S. 64

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 32-year-old Shiprock man was accused earlier this week of causing a car crash on U.S. 64 in Hogback while drunkenly attempting to flee from police.

Charles Dodge was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, his second drunken-driving offense and 11 traffic violations.

Dodge is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 bond, according to court records.

A New Mexico State Police patrolman was driving in the area of mile marker 32 on U.S. 64 at 9:15 p.m. Monday when he witnessed a gray Dodge SUV rear-end a white passenger car at the Shell gas station at 3215 U.S. Highway 64, according to an arrest warrant.

The patrolman activated his squad car's emergency lights and initiated pursuit, the warrant states.

The gray Dodge SUV attempted to flee from the gas station parking lot and collided with a gray Chevy truck that was traveling west on U.S. 64, according to the warrant.

The gray Dodge SUV then entered U.S. 64 and led the patrolman on a high-speed chase toward Shiprock, weaving off the road at 110 mph to avoid other vehicles, the warrant states.

The Dodge eventually turned off the highway onto a dirt road near mile marker 24.5, the warrant states, and stopped behind some residences on the road.

The patrolman ordered the driver, identified as Dodge, out of the vehicle at gunpoint, and he was placed under arrest, according to the warrant.

Dodge told the patrolman he only had two alcohol drinks, according to the warrant.

He later provided a breath test and registered a 0.11 blood-alcohol content level, the warrant states.

The legal limit to operate a vehicle in the state of New Mexico is a 0.08 blood-alcohol content level.

Dodge is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Wednesday, according to court records.

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