Police apprehended a fleeing suspect in Rio Rancho on Thursday afternoon after Albuquerque officers shot at his tires and rammed his vehicle.
Rio Rancho Police Officer Janet Garcia said Albuquerque Police Department detectives with the Repeat Offender Program were conducting surveillance on Jeremy Robertson, 33, who had at least two felony warrants dealing with property crimes out for his arrest. Robertson is well-known to those detectives, she said.
The detectives followed Robertson from Albuquerque to Rio Rancho, and then called for assistance from a marked Rio Rancho unit about 1:10 p.m.
The Albuquerque detectives and the Rio Rancho officer found Robertson west of the Walgreens store at Southern Boulevard and NM 528.
When the detectives approached to arrest him, Garcia said, Robertson ran across the parking lot and got into his silver sedan.
Robertson fled out of the parking lot, crashing into a Rio Rancho Police car, according to an RRPD news release. Garcia said the Albuquerque detectives shot at Robertson’s tires to try to stop him.
“Since he is known to have a violent past, they didn’t want him to flee,” she said.
However, Robertson drove west on Southern, crossing over into oncoming traffic several times, according to the release. Albuquerque detectives rammed Robertson’s car just east of County Club Drive.
Robertson ran from the vehicle, but officers caught and arrested him near Entrada Pointe Apartments, according to the release.
He was treated for minor injuries and charged with aggravated battery on a police officer and aggravated fleeing from police.
Rio Rancho Police were investigating the shooting and the crash. Walgreens was closed during the investigation.
Police blocked one lane in each direction on Southern, slowing traffic, for several hours Thursday afternoon.