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APD: Teenage auto theft suspect arrested after cross-town chase


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officers arrested a teenage auto theft suspect after a cross-town chase in a stolen white Chevy Suburban Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Officers first attempted to stop the stolen SUV near Menaul and San Mateo NE but the suspect rammed a police car and fled the area, spokesman Fred Duran wrote in an email.

Duran said air support followed the Suburban and police cruisers backed off.

“Air Support advised the driver of the stolen vehicle was driving extremely recklessly towards construction workers on the roadway and driving on sidewalks endangering pedestrians and construction workers,” Duran said. “Officers were then advised to stop the fleeing vehicle.”

They stopped the SUV near Baldwin and Eubank after he struck another police cruiser, Duran said.

He said the suspect ditched the SUV and fled on foot into an arroyo.

“Officers ran after him and were able to take him into custody,” Duran said. “All officers and citizens are safe. The offender has been taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and is believed to be a juvenile.”

He did not identify the suspect or say what he will be charged with.

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