Man uses jiu-jitsu on police officer following chase

Posted at: 04/16/2014 10:10 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

“Use caution, he does know jiu-jitsu,” New Mexico State Police officer Todd Sibley said over a dispatch radio as he headed into round two of a high-speed chase.

According to a statement of probable cause, Sibley was driving on March 31 at 6:40 p.m. when he saw a black in color two-door sedan traveling at 93 miles per hour. He tried for a traffic stop, but the vehicle kept going toward Pilar, New Mexico.

Sibley says the vehicle passed vehicles in a horse shoe turn, failed to yield to stop signs, and passed approximately ten vehicles on State Road 68. Police say Sibley finally got him to stop, and told him to show his hands. He later learned the man was Shae Russel Nakai Blair.

Sibley says Blair said, “If you want to grapple I know jiu-jitsu,” and got him on the ground with the smell of alcohol on him. Sibley said they should relax and talk about what happened. Eventually, Mr. Blair got up and walked back to his car. They got into another pursuit and later, Blair stopped again.

Then, Blair ran on foot into a field. Sibley called his direction of travel to other officers responding in the area. Eventually officers were able to arrest Blair. Police say he “wanted to know about his dog not caring about the vehicles that he ran off the road.”

Police say Blair refused medical attention for several small cuts.

Blair was transported to the Taos County Adult Detention Facility and is being charged with assault on a peace officer with intent to commit a felony, aggravated battery on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, open container and several other charges. Blair had four warrants out for his arrest  from Taos County, Rio Arriba County, Santa Fe County and Socorro County.