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Pursuit ends with PIT maneuver in Valencia County

Gar Medina
Gar Medina
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Valencia County–On Friday, April 12, 2013, at approximately 10:28 a.m., the New Mexico State Police was notified by Albuquerque Police Department of a vehicle APD had been tracking from Albuquerque. APD attempted to pull the vehicle over in the Flying J Parking lot in Albuquerque for a felony stop. The vehicle fled on I25 south heading towards Los Lunas. APD air support had been following the vehicle and relaying information to State Police.

The suspect vehicle exited I25 at the Los Lunas exit (exit 203). The vehicle traveled east on State Road 6 and then proceeded south on State Road 314.

Visual contact was made by two Los Lunas State Police officers. The vehicle was a white Pontiac sedan. Officers activated their emergency equipment, at which point, the vehicle failed to yield and actively fled from State Police.

A short pursuit ensued. As the pursuit was traveling east on Main Street approaching Carson Park Drive; State Police performed the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique). This is a vehicle to vehicle contact move. This ultimately resulted in disabling the suspect vehicle, preventing the pursuit from continuing. The driver of the vehicle was then taken into custody.

The driver was identified as Gar Medina (42) of Belen, NM. Upon search incident to arrest, a loaded black .22 caliber pistol, burglary tools, syringes, and a glass smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue were located in the vehicle. It was also evident Medina was under the influence of a stimulant due to his dilated pupils. Medina also had several felony warrants out of Bernalillo County.

Medina was charged with; Aggravated DUI (refusal), Aggravated Fleeing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.

Credit is given to the State Police Officers who utilized the skilled execution of the PIT maneuver, ultimately bringing this pursuit to an end and keeping the innocent motoring public safe.

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