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BCSO: 3 people charged after auto theft victim chases down, fires at, suspects in stolen truck

Deputies arrested three people after they say a man stole a truck and the truck’s owner chased him through the streets, firing at him. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chaos erupted in the South Valley Thursday morning when deputies say a man stole a truck and the truck’s owner chased him through the streets, firing a gun until the vehicle eventually crashed in a busy intersection.

Captain Andi Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, said officers with the Albuquerque Police Department first spotted a red truck speeding through the streets and a white SUV in pursuit. The driver of the SUV was firing a gun as he drove, she said.

Deputies started getting multiple calls to 911.

The pursuit came to an end at Isleta and Rio Bravo SW when the red truck crashed into a commercial minivan, Taylor said.

“That caused the truck to stop,” she said. “The white SUV also stopped and the driver got out and held the driver of the red truck at gunpoint. A woman fled from the truck into a McDonald’s.”

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Taylor said the driver in the minivan that the truck crashed into was taken to the hospital to be checked out for minor injuries. No one else was hurt, she said.

Taylor said three people were taken into custody but deputies are still trying to piece together what happened. She said the driver of the truck and the woman who was his passenger have both been charged with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle and conspiracy and the driver of the white SUV was charged with firing at or from a motor vehicle.

She did not identify the suspects.

“We’re just trying to figure it out and see how it is all related,” Taylor said.  “It gets chaotic, but it gets figured out in the long run.”

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