Tucumcari man charged with aggravated battery on peace officer

Freedom New Mexico

Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest.

Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, a misdemeanor; and violating probation.

According to police reports:

• About 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officers were called to a business in the 1600 block of East Spruce Street to help a probation officer who had located Owen, who was wanted for probation violation.

• The probation officer said Owen recognized him and ran back into the business. When Owen exited the business, the officer informed Owen he was under arrest.

• The probation officer said Owen jumped into a sport utility vehicle and struck him with the door, causing the probation officer to fall into a shopping cart and then to the pavement. Owen drove away.

• A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy sergeant saw the vehicle speeding through the parking lot. The deputy said Owen continued to drive recklessly in the parking lot even after the deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren. The deputy pursued Owen north on Kilgore Street and east on U.S. 70.

• The vehicle continued on U.S. 70 until the front passenger door opened. Owen pulled the SUV onto the shoulder, and he and the passenger were arrested.

• The 26-year old female passenger said Owen refused to stop until she opened the door and threatened to jump out.

• Owen said he fled because he was scared and didn’t want to go to jail. The woman wasn’t involved in his decision to drive away, he said.

• The woman had an outstanding warrant from Curry County Magistrate Court.

Both were taken to Roosevelt County Detention Center.

Owen remained in jail without bond Thursday afternoon, according to the detention center.