Law enforcement capture driver who sped through Taos

Male suspect apprehended after foot pursuit along Highway 120 in Colfax County

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 1/29/19

Law enforcement  officers have captured an Indiana man outside Angel Fire who reportedly sped through Taos Tuesday morning ...

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Law enforcement capture driver who sped through Taos

Male suspect apprehended after foot pursuit along Highway 120 in Colfax County

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Updated: 1 p.m., Jan. 29

Law enforcement officers have captured an Indiana man who allegedly sped through Taos after he was chased northbound from Española Tuesday morning (Jan. 29).

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe identified the driver as 26-year-old Anthony Scott Owens.

A preliminary search of New Mexico court records did not indicate a prior criminal record for Owens.

Members of the Taos County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police and other law enforcement assisted in stopping Owens along Highway 120 in Colfax County, according to initial reports heard over Taos Central Dispatch. Owens then fled into the forest nearby. A female passenger who was riding in the vehicle and has not been identified was reportedly "sprawled out on the roadway" after the vehicle had been stopped. She was the first to be taken into custody, according to dispatch reports.

Law enforcement found a Glock 23 handgun at the scene, though it was not clear based on initial reports if it was found on Owens, the woman or somewhere inside the suspect's vehicle.

Officials requested a tow truck to come retrieve the vehicle, described as a white Dodge 1500 truck with dark, tinted windows, according to reports heard through dispatch.

Owens reportedly tore through central Taos at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour late Tuesday morning before turning east on Kit Carson Road and continuing toward Angel Fire.

A driver at the intersection in Taos reported they were swiped by the truck as Owens made the turn.

"He's going to hurt somebody," a pursuing officer reported over radio channels.

Taos County law enforcement coordinated with dispatchers to notify other county law enforcement agencies of the chase.

Owens is expected to face several charges related to Tuesday morning's chase alone.

This is a developing story.

Reporter Cody Hooks contributed to this report.

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