BOSQUE FARMS — Two men led local law enforcement on a five-mile plus chase after a woman spotted them driving her stolen car.
The names of the suspects have not been released at this time.
At about 5:18 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, the Bosque Farms Police Department received a call from a woman who said she was driving behind her recently stolen vehicle.
The woman reported she was on N.M. 47 in the town of Peralta.
“As our officers arrived, the suspect … fired upon the caller and our officers,” said Bosque Farms Lt. Patrick Ficke in a written statement. “Myself and (BFPD) Chief (Paul) Linson were on scene and authorized a pursuit.”
The suspects fled in the stolen car, eventually stopping on North El Cerro Loop near Kelly Lane. The driver of the vehicle fled on a nearby ditch bank. A Bosque Farms officer shot at the suspect.
“Shortly after shots were fired the suspect was taken into custody by our officer and a Valencia County Sheriff’s Office sergeant,” Ficke wrote.
The passenger of the vehicle was taken into custody where the vehicle stopped.
“Officers involved illustrated the upmost professionalism during this incident to ensure the safety of the public. Neither suspect sustained any injuries nor did any officer involved in the incident,” Ficke’s statement reads. “As of this morning (Friday, Feb. 1), the citizens of Peralta, Bosque Farms and Los Lunas have not reported any injuries or damages relating to the aforementioned incident.”
The New Mexico State Police are handling the investigation, and the officer who fired his weapon is on standard administrative leave per the village of Bosque Farms Police Department’s policies and procedures, Ficke wrote.
“Chief Linson would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who assisted during yesterday’s incident,” his statement concluded. “All agencies involved came together as a team to assist the Bosque Farms Police Department. Thank you.”
Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.