Man charged with drunkenly fleeing state police

Steve Garrison
Jerreck Tsosie

AZTEC — A 20-year-old Newcomb man has been charged with drunken driving after allegedly fleeing from New Mexico State Police for more than an hour on New Mexico Highway 371.

Jerreck Tsosie was charged Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, drunken driving, speeding in excess of 36 miles per hour and failure to maintain a traffic lane.

He is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $61,000 bond, according to court records.

Tsosie has not yet retained legal representation, according to court records.

Farmington police reported shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday that a 2015 blue Jeep had fled onto New Mexico 371 after almost crashing into several vehicles, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

A state police officer saw the vehicle pass by the 105 mile marker on New Mexico 371 at approximately 1:54 a.m. and began to pursue it, the affidavit states.

The chase lasted more than an hour, with the driver of the vehicle swerving from lane to lane and speeding down the highway at more than 100 miles per hour, according to the affidavit.

The state police officer's vehicle was disabled in the chase, according to the affidavit, but Tsosie was eventually stopped by another officer near mile marker 66.5 on New Mexico Highway 491.

Tsosie was transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, where he performed a breath test, according to the affidavit.

He registered a 0.10 blood-alcohol content on the test, the affidavit states. In New Mexico, if you are 21 or older, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.