Suspect in custody following police pursuit along I-25

Mug shot of Lewis C. Delgado

New Mexico State Police said the driver who led Border Patrol and New Mexico State Police in a chase Wednesday was arrested and charged.

Multiple law enforcement vehicles were spotted around 8 a.m. Wednesday along Interstate 25 in Dona Ana County.

The chase started around 7:40 a.m. along Interstate 25 at the Dona Ana exit before it ended with the suspected vehicle crashing, the New Mexico Department of Transportation said.

Reporter Salina Madrid captured footage of the pursuit involving Border Patrol and New Mexico State Police.

The driver of the vehicle being followed lost control and crashed along the side of the highway.

It was captured past the Doña Ana exit.

Multiple agencies were there, including a helicopter.

A grey Nissan passenger vehicle with a stolen license plate eluded the Border Patrol check point, said New Mexico State Police official.

They said agents started following the vehicle soon after it fled.

The driver of the suspected vehicle was identified as 37-year-old Lewis C. Delgado of Anthony, New Mexico.

NMSP officials said Delgado was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25.

Tire deflation devices were used several times which Delgado avoided and continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes.

At one point during the pursuit, a New Mexico State Police Tactical Team officer discharged his department issued rifle.

Another tire deflation device caused Delgado to lose control of the vehicle and crash on the west shoulder of Interstate 25 at the Doña Ana exit.

Police said they were able to take Delgado into custody. He was taken to the hospital for medical issues not related to the incident.

Delgado was charged with receiving or transferring a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing, possession of methamphetamine and driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate the incident. The identification of the officers will not be released at this time. No officers were injured during the incident. This information is preliminary, and the investigation is still active and ongoing.

The New Mexico State Police is asking if you were witness to or were traveling on I-25 at the time of the incident to please contact New Mexico State Police in Las Cruces at (575)-382-2500 option one.

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