Police identify man in stolen car chase

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man accused of leading police on wild chase in a stolen vehicle has been identified.

Police say 23-year-old Brandon Baker was the driver of the stolen vehicle in Thursday’s chase.

Baker was spotted in the stolen vehicle near and Central and Western Skies. Police attempted to stop the vehicle at Western Skies and Hanosh Court SE when Baker turned the vehicle he was driving toward police and rammed a police unit.

According to APD Baker then turned the vehicle toward another police unit and rammed the patrol car.

After hitting the police cars Baker drove the vehicle east toward the Four Hills area, losing a front tire.

As tires on the vehicle began to shred, Baker drove through a gate, hit two more police cars and tried to drive the vehicle off a cliff to evade police.

APD says the vehicle was so damaged that it became high centered on a berm and Baker exited the vehicle.

He then jumped off of a 23-foot cliff to evade officers, APD said.

Baker was eventually caught and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on charges of aggravated battery on a police officer, aggravated eluding and receiving or transferring of a stolen motor vehicle.

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