ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials are conducting a perimeter search for a dangerous driver Wednesday night. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies are near Coors between Rio Bravo and Barcelona.
According to a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, deputies were conducting welfare checks, looking out for drag racers near 9 mile hill by Central and 98th, when a deputy spotted a disabled truck.
The deputy approached the truck and found a male driver who appeared to be sleeping. When the man came to, deputies said he put the truck in gear, and rammed into the deputy’s vehicle.
The sheriff’s deputy was not inside his patrol car at the time, and was uninjured.
A high speed chase ensued and deputies successfully used a spike belt near Rio Bravo and 118th Street to stop the vehicle. That is when the driver fled the scene on foot.
Deputies along with a K-9 unit are currently searching for the driver in neighborhoods near Coors and Flora Vista.
The disabled truck has damage to the front end. Investigators said the truck appears to be stolen, and there does appear to be stolen items inside the truck. Officials have not identified the person they’re searching for, nor have they released a description.
Deputies warn people in the area to stay inside, lock their doors, and if anyone does see or hear anything suspicious, call 911.
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