By Shannon Shaw
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Copyright 2006 The New Mexican
Santa Fe police are looking for a man who led officers on a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon before crashing behind a police substation and running away.
Police have no suspects yet but are looking for a white male with dark hair who is about 30 years old and wearing a long-sleeved, possibly blue, plaid shirt and a red vest.
"In a case like this, somebody involved in this type of activity is probably dangerous," Police Chief Eric Johnson said. "If people see police activity in the area, people should lock their doors and windows."
The chase began around 4 p.m. when an officer patrolling Cordova Road noticed a 1994 red Chevrolet Blazer sport-utility vehicle parked behind Trader Joe's supermarket, officials said. When the officer approached the vehicle to ask the driver what he was doing, the man sped off. By the time the officer got back to his squad car, the Blazer was gone.
Another officer later spotted the SUV on Don Gaspar Avenue, where police ran a records check on the license plates and learned the SUV had been stolen Wednesday from Lakewood, Colo.
The man noticed police and sped onto St. Francis Drive and then U.S. 84/285 toward Tesuque. He reached Tesuque, turned around and crashed head-on into a police car, damaging the car but not injuring the officer.
The driver returned to Santa Fe and drove down Camino Alire but was unaware of a bridge that was under construction, Johnson said. The suspect veered off Camino Alire, crashed through a fence and went into an arroyo behind the police substation on West Alameda Street. The man bailed from the vehicle and ran away.
A state police helicopter helped in the search, Johnson said. Police set up a perimeter from Camino Alire to St. Francis Drive to search yards, go door-to-door and to use police dogs to locate the man. Someone matching the man's description knocked over an elderly woman around 9:30 p.m. on Rio Vista and possibly took her keys, causing police to search the area, Johnson said.
The man was believed to be under the influence of alcohol after a search of the vehicle turned up alcoholic containers. Several identification cards were found in the vehicle, but police are not sure if the IDs belong to the suspect.
N.M. suspect flees after high-speed chase