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NMSP: Woman leads police on chase in stolen mail truck

Chanel Eskleson, 34 (NMSP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman stole a mail truck and led police on a chase in northern New Mexico that ended with spike strips and officers crashing into her, according to State Police.

NMSP spokesman Dusty Francisco said 34-year-old Chanel Eskleson was arrested “without further incident.”

She was booked into the Colfax County Detention Center on numerous charges, including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery of a peace officer.

Francisco said the incident unfolded when State Police were told a U.S. Postal Service vehicle had been stolen around 8 a.m. in Maxwell, a village along Interstate 25 between Springer and Raton.

Francisco didn’t know how Eskleson stole the truck, which officers spotted traveling on I-25, prompting the pursuit.

He said “stop sticks” were used on the truck before a State Police officer used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), maneuver, crashing into the truck and ending the chase in Raton.