Shoplifting suspect caught after police chase

Posted at: 12/30/2013 12:57 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A 36-year-old man faces reckless driving and shoplifting charges after leading authorities on a chase in Bloomfield, N.M.

According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, a deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle for not having a license plate light around 2:30 a.m. The driver refused to stop, leading the deputy on a chase that reached speeds of 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The suspect vehicle then drove over a curb and jumped a large pile of gravel in an area of road construction on US 64.

After crashing, the driver attempted to flee on foot. Bloomfield police assisted the deputy and apprehended the man a short time later. The suspect was identified as 36 year-old Sammy Armijo of Truth or Consequences, N.M.

"Armijo admitted to seeing the emergency lights and said he thought he could outrun them," Deputy Nicholas Adegite said. "He said he drove over the curb and jumped the gravel because he had looked behind him to see the emergency lights."

Authorities discovered Armijo was also wanted in connection to a shoplifting incident at a Walmart in Farmington. Police say he stole enough items to be charged with a felony. 

Armijo has been booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.