ALBUQUERQUE ― Around 2:30 p.m., June 28, a State Police patrol officer in Santa Fe made contact with a stolen vehicle reportedly involved in a carjacking from Albuquerque.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Interstate 25 northbound near the Cerrillos Road exit in Santa Fe, but the vehicle fled. Dispatch had previously sent out notice to officers to be on the lookout for the stolen 2003 Dodge Stratus, which had been previously pursued by other agencies in the Albuquerque area.
State Police initiated a pursuit on the fleeing stolen vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled northbound until it exited and turned around at the St. Francis Drive exit and began fleeing back southbound. State Police pursued the fleeing vehicle southbound on Interstate 25 at speeds ranging from 80 to more than 100 miles per hour.
Around milepost 247, north of Bernalillo, State Police successfully deployed stop sticks, which deflated the fleeing vehicle’s left rear tire. The vehicle continued fleeing southbound for approximately 13 miles until it exited onto Alameda Boulevard, then re-entered the interstate from within the frontage road. As the suspect vehicle re-entered the interstate, it was struck on the roadway by another southbound passenger car. Both vehicles were disabled.
State Police officers conducted a felony stop and the driver and sole occupant of the suspect vehicle surrendered without further incident. The driver was identified as Michael S. Farley, 30, of Albuquerque. Farley was arrested and transported to the Albuquerque State Police barracks to be interviewed.
The driver of the passenger car that struck the suspect vehicle complained of injuries and was transported by EMS. No other injuries were sustained in this incident.