TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) -Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies have arrested the man who hit three patrol cars Tuesday, but not before another wild chase and crash.
Wednesday morning deputies spotted the man now identified as 30-year-old Jason Smith in a stolen truck. And he quickly sped down Highway 14, onto the frontage road and several miles later crashed in a ravine off old 66 West of Tijeras.
It happened just before 8 a.m. when parents were taking their kids to school nearby, fortunately none of them were caught up in it.
Deputies said it was Smith who slammed into three deputy cruisers Tuesday morning, in another stolen truck in the East Mountains and near Jaun Tabo and Lomas after another pursuit.
He got away Tuesday, but he was caught Wednesday.
“We do believe that he tried to ram deputy’s vehicles again. At some point on Highway 66 that subject did leave the highway in his vehicle which sustained heavy damage.” Cpt. Matt Thomas.
Smith was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
A woman who was seen jumping out of the stolen truck Tuesday is also facing charges. She’s been identified as 24-year-old Veronica Lucero.