Man leads police on high speed chase from Artesia to Roswell

ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – Artesia and Roswell aren’t exactly next door to each other, they’re more than 40 miles apart. But a wanted man made that drive really quickly leading police and deputies on a chase that topped a hundred miles an hour.

“They traveled at least 45 miles to ultimately end up crashing into a car, jumping out and running,” said Commander Lindell Smith of Artesia Police.

According to Artesia Police, they attempted to pull over a pickup truck Monday night for no tail lights, but they did not stop.

Inside the truck was Ambrosia McClung, Louisa Lara, Benjamin Arenivas and the driver, Greg Marquez.

“That’s what it was, a car full of warrants, there’s not any denying that,” said Smith.

The truck raced through residential streets in Artesia, using all parts of the road before making its way onto the highway headed toward Roswell.

“The maximum speeds were 100 miles per hour or a little bit over that,” said Smith.

Chaves County deputies and Roswell Police joined in on the chase. Deputies put spike strips on the road, but the driver avoided them

The chase ended with Marquez crashing into a car in a Roswell neighborhood before he jumped out and took off on foot. Officers ran after Marquez.

He was arrested for the chase and two of his passengers for outstanding warrants. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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