Shiprock juvenile faces 12 charges after vehicle pursuit

The Daily Times staff
Farmington police officers inspect the vehicle involved in a police pursuit Thursday that ended ended on Vine Avenue in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — A juvenile is facing 12 charges after crashing a truck following a high-speed pursuit by law enforcement Thursday afternoon.

The 17-year-old Shiprock youth was arrested by Farmington Police Department officers in front of a storage facility at 400 Vine Ave.

He is accused of charges including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, DWI, criminal damage to property, reckless driving, fleeing the scene of the accident and other traffic-related counts, according to Farmington Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Farmington officers spotted the GMC pickup truck around 1:19 p.m. on U.S. Highway 64.

Officers clocked the vehicle's speed in excess of 70 mph near Harper Hill driving eastbound, according to Allen.

The truck struck the elbow of a man riding a bicycle and knocked him off his bike near Farmington Fire Station No. 6 at 3100 W. Main St.

The bicyclist was checked by medics and he had no injuries, Allen said.

The youth continued eastbound on Apache Street until he crashed his truck in front of Farmington Mini Storage just east of the intersection of East Apache Street and Butler Avenue.