Man faces third felony stolen vehicle charge

Douglas Ashe has two previous receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle convictions

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • Ashe is accused of being in possession of a Chevy truck stolen from Merrion Oil and Gas.
  • He recently was arrested for violating the terms of his probation.
  • A probation violation hearing is set for 3 p.m. on July 5.

FARMINGTON — A man convicted of two felony stolen vehicle charges is facing his third charge for receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle after being accused of being in possession of a truck stolen from a local oil company. 

Douglas Ashe, 28, was charged on Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court on accusations of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle (second offense), according to court records. 

He had no legal representation listed as of this afternoon, court records state.

Douglas Ashe

James Stackhouse, currently representing Ashe in two different cases, did not respond to requests for comment.

A 1999 white Chevrolet C/K 1500 series truck was reported stolen to the Farmington Police Department on May 12 from the Merrion Oil and Gas company yard at 807 S. Carlton Ave., law enforcement officials wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit. 

The vehicle was found on May 24 at a residence in the 600 block of W. La Plata Drive in Farmington when a deputy for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was attempting to serve a subpoena. A white male later identified by a female witness as Ashe fled on foot from a white Chevy truck when the deputy arrived at the residence, according to court documents.

The witness told the Farmington police officer she didn't know who Ashe was and that the vehicle was stolen.

As part of the investigation, fingerprints were taken from the driver side of the vehicle. A pair of spray-painted blue bolt cutters were among the items found in the truck. 

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Ashe was in custody at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on June 20 after an arrest warrant was issued for violating the terms of his probation on two receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle felony convictions, according to court documents. 

When asked by police why his DNA was found on the steering wheel of the truck, Ashe said he had been in the truck and drove it.

But he denied fleeing police on May 24 and denied being near La Plata Drive in Farmington that day.

Ashe was sentenced to 18 months in a state prison with the execution of the sentence suspended except for time served during a May 8 sentencing hearing in District Court in Aztec, according to court documents.

The hearing was held after Ashe pleaded guilty on April 24 as part of a plea agreement to a receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle felony charge, according to court records.

He was given a supervised probation period for one year, three months and 28 days and was released from the adult detention center on May 8.

A bench warrant was issued for Ashe's arrest on May 23 after he failed to check in at drug court with 24 hours of release and he provided an invalid address to the Office of Adult Probation and Parole.

A motion filed by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office requests Ashe be committed to the New Mexico Corrections Department for 18 months with credit for 145 days of presentence confinement. 

A probation violation hearing is set for 3 p.m. on July 5. 

Ashe was being held at the adult detention center as of this afternoon on a no-bond hold.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.