BCSO: Man flees deputies, drives 100 mph into traffic

Man flees deputies, drives 100 mph into traffic

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A wild chase along I-40 came to a crashing end.

It started when a deputy thought he saw a woman being abducted, and the chase ended when deputies say the driver clipped another car and ran into a fence.

Deputies say the driver, 22-year-old Dakota Cook, is charged with aggravated fleeing and having a stolen car. More charges could be on the way.

Dakota Cook
Dakota Cook

According to investigators, a deputy spotted a woman being forced into a red sedan around 8 a.m. along I-40 near Tohajilee. When the deputy turned around to check it out, Cook took off.

Investigators say Cook was speeding on the frontage road, going into oncoming traffic lanes and hitting speeds more than 100 miles per hour. At one point, Cook dodged stop sticks near Atrisco Vista.

Deputies say throughout the chase, they could see the driver pushing a woman down in the backseat. The chase came to an end at Ladera and Ouray where the driver lost control and crashed. Cook was arrested.

Deputies say the two women in the car took off running. One of them walked right into a stranger’s home.

“She didn’t break it down, she just walked inside like she owned the property,” said a witness named Jackie. “So, it’s very scary. I guess I’ll just be locking my door from now on after putting the garbage out.”

Deputies said they don’t know why the women fled and that all three people from the car are being uncooperative. This isn’t Cook’s first run-in with the law.

According to court records, he was hit with aggravated fleeing, assault on a peace officer and car theft charges in December.

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