Aztec man faces charges in connection to chase

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — Police are searching for an Aztec man who faces several charges in connection to a short police pursuit on Saturday evening in Aztec.

A witness identified Kyle Thornhill, 23, as the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a chase that ended when the car crashed into a wall, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court.

An Aztec police officer was dispatched at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday to the A&W on West Aztec Boulevard to investigate a suspicious vehicle, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The officer located the vehicle, described as an older gray Cadillac, as it was heading east on Aztec Boulevard and followed the car. When the officer activated his emergency lights, the vehicle did not pull over and appeared to accelerate, according to the affidavit.

The driver attempted to turn west onto Fairgrounds Road and crashed the car into a wall on the southwest corner of Rio Grande Avenue and Fairgrounds Road, the affidavit states.

When the officer approached the car, a passenger exited and told him two children were inside and that the driver had fled, according to the affidavit.

During the tow inventory, authorities found a container with marijuana extract in the car, according to the affidavit.

Thornhill faces a number of charges, including child abuse, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia and of marijuana weighing one ounce or less.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.