Police say 'career criminal' rammed squad car

Steve Garrison
Rocky Joe Ramer Jr.

FARMINGTON — A 31-year-old Kirtland man is accused of ramming a Bloomfield police squad car near midnight Friday while attempting to escape arrest.

Rocky Ramer was charged Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated battery on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing, reckless driving and resisting an officer.

Ramer was previously accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on Dec. 1 in San Juan County, according to arrest records. He was arrested after he barricaded himself in a storage building on County Road 6487, records state.

He was released in that case on April 25 after a bail bondsman posted a $10,000 bond on his behalf, according to court records.

Ramer is also accused of trafficking heroin while incarcerated in February 2015 at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility, records state.

Defense attorney Mark Curnutt said today he was hired Tuesday to represent Ramer on the aggravated fleeing charges after a public defender withdrew from the case. He declined to comment due to his unfamiliarity with the charges.

Bloomfield police Officer Donald MacMullin was on patrol at about 11:45 p.m. Friday when he received reports of a suspect vehicle speeding and swerving across lanes as it headed east into town, according to an arrest report.

MacMullin located the vehicle on Broadway Avenue and followed it north on Fahrion Street, the report states. The vehicle fled the scene north after MacMullin activated his siren. The vehicle eventually turned onto a dirt road in northwest Bloomfield, and the officer followed, the report states.

The vehicle then made a U-turn, rammed the front end of the officer's squad car and struck a metal pipe, according to the report.

The driver, identified as Ramer, exited the vehicle and led MacMullin on a short foot pursuit before he was arrested, the report states.

A female passenger in the vehicle told police Ramer was falling asleep behind the wheel, according to the report.

Bloomfield police Sgt. Darren Brown said Macmullin was not injured in the crash, but his vehicle was disabled.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office was attempting to revoke Ramer's bond at the time of his arrest, according to court records.

At a hearing Tuesday on the motion, Judge John Dean set Ramer's new bond at $90,000, according to court records.

Andy Gilbert, a detective with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, said Ramer, who he described as a "career criminal," was a flight risk who should not be released on bond.

"When he sees emergency lights behind him, his first instinct is not to stop, like the other 99 percent of society, his first instinct is to hit the gas pedal and go," Gilbert said, adding later. "I have personally seen him drive at 100 miles per hour with no regard to the traffic around him, crossing into the opposite lane, ignoring lights — he doesn't care."

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