Man leads police on chase through 4 counties

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man took police on a high speed chase for nearly an hour down I-25 Wednesday morning, covering four counties.

State police say it started when the man was harassing his ex-wife and her mother.

They say they tried using spike strips three different times throughout the chase, but those didn’t work. Eventually, the driver hit the brakes.

State police say it’s still unclear what made the driver, 23-year-old Richard Zamora, decide to stop running.

It all started when the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department was called to a domestic dispute just west of Bernalillo.

From there, state police say Zamora took off and then started racing south down I-25, with speeds reaching more than 100 miles per hour.

State police took over the chase near Los Lunas.

Their attempts to use spike strips didn’t work, but Zamora finally stopped about 10 miles north of Socorro. The whole chase covered more than 80 miles.

State police say they made the decision to keep pursuing Zamora despite high speeds because traffic was pretty light.

“There’s a reason why this individual isn’t stopping and we need to stop him so we can figure out what’s going on and put an end to this so it doesn’t continue to endanger the public,” Sgt. Damyan Brown said.

Zamora was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center.

He’s facing charges of DUI and aggravated fleeing.

It is possible more charges could be coming from both state police and Sandoval County.

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