Police issue warrant in high-speed chase

Steve Garrison
Zackary Rodriguez

FARMINGTON — Police have issued an arrest warrant for one of the two men arrested Tuesday night after a high-speed chase in Kirtland.

Zackary Rodriguez, 28, faces charges of vehicle theft and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer on allegations he fled from Navajo police and San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies who attempted to stop his vehicle on U.S. Highway 64.

Navajo police alerted local dispatchers at 6:30 p.m. that three suspects, who may have been armed, fled a traffic stop in Shiprock in a stolen vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

A deputy with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips near the Big Rock Trading Post in Fruitland, the affidavit states. The vehicle dodged the spikes by crossing into the opposite lane and then sped onward at 90 mph, according to the affidavit.

The vehicle later wrecked on the dirt roads north of the Kirtland Transfer Station near county roads 6500 and 6480, the affidavit states.

Shane Thomason

Police said Rodriguez and another man, 27-year-old Shane Thomason, fled into the nearby hills, but were captured after about three hours.

Rodriguez's wife surrendered to police at scene, the affidavit states. She told police she was being held against her will during the chase.

Detectives learned the crashed vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the day from the PESCO headquarters at 5680 U.S. Highway 64, according to the affidavit.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln said today Thomason was arrested on unrelated warrants.

He said Rodriguez's wife has not been charged in the incident, which remains under investigation.

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