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Police: Man who tried ramming motorcycle officers off road arrested after pursuit, gunfire

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A speeding driver refused to pull over Thursday morning, leading officers on a chase that ended after an officer-involved shooting, according to police.

The incident started around 7 a.m. on Interstate 10 west at Artcraft Road. Officers tried to stop the driver of a vehicle traveling more than 90 miles per hour, police said.

Police said the driver, later identified as Zackery Avila, of Las Cruces, intentionally veered his car towards a motorcycle officer who was stopped on the shoulder of the freeway.

The pursuit continued through Transmountain, and the driver reportedly swerved at the officers several more times, police said.

Police said officers lost sight of Avila after he drove into a neighborhood in Anthony, Texas.

As officers on motorcycles were searching the area, the man drove at one of them, forcing the officer to take evasive action, police said.

The officer then fired his weapon at the driver, police said.

The chase ended after Avila drove into a gully and he was placed under arrest.

Avila was not hit by gunfire, police said.

Police said the 31-year-old man resisted arrest and tried to attack officers, police said, and the suspect received injuries during the ensuing struggle. The suspect was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Avila faces charges of two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant. He was booked into the county jail with bail set at $170,000.

The officer who discharged his weapon, a 14-year veteran with the department, was placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

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