Daniel Jacob Martinez, a man with a long and extensive criminal history, faces new charges after leading Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies on a foot chase Sunday morning, court documents say.

According to sheriff’s office report, a deputy tried to stop a 1986 white GMC truck around 10:15 a.m. on U.S. 285 south of Santa Fe because it had a fake temporary tag.

The deputy recognized the driver as 56-year-old Martinez from previous encounters.

When the deputy called him by name, Martinez responded, “I am his brother, Stephen,” the report said.

A second deputy arrived to provide backup, but Martinez shouted expletives and fled north in the truck, according to the report.

He drove erratically for about three miles and then pulled over near Colina Way, a small road across the highway from an Eldorado subdivision.

He got out of the truck and began running, according to the report.

A New Mexico State Police officer arrived to assist the deputies, and a foot chase ensued, according to the report.

The pursuit ended when Martinez jumped over a barbed-wire fence and ran into brush, evading law enforcement.

Deputies determined the truck he was driving was not stolen, but his license had been suspended, the report said. An arrest warrant was issued Monday, charging Martinez with aggravated fleeing from law enforcement and four misdemeanor counts.

Martinez has a criminal history dating from 1993 and has been convicted of several violent crimes including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a household member and attempted kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense.

(4) comments

Chris Mechels

Some good news. They didn't shoot him, as the SF Sheriff's Deputies are prone to do; esp Deputy Patrick Ficke, who recently killed a Tesuque man in a domestic violence event.

The record shows a petty criminal so killing him would likely have been a bad idea, but then the Tesuque murder was also a bad idea.

Now Martinez has another felony on his record, which will make his life less pleasant; "aggravated fleeing", which means he violated the NM Safe Pursuit Act by fleeing from an officer. Fleeing was a misdemeanor prior to the SPA. Now the cops violate the SPA all the time, with no penalty, but WE are punished for violating the SPA, even though most aren't even aware of its existence. We should really repeal the SPA, as its simply made things worse.

Annette Martinez

Are you kidding?? Once again you are commenting on things you absolutely have no idea about. A petty criminal? This man has a long history of violence and deviant behavior. Before you decide to speak in support of these deviants, maybe you should do your homework. But then again you’re the same man that is in support of the Tesque man who violently murdered his mother. Thank God there are officers like Deputy Ficke out on the streets risking their lives every day to keep ours safe.

Lupe Molina

Who was the judge on his case? Why is he out?

Angel Ortiz

He is out because the criminal justice system in Santa Fe County is a joke. Martinez has a criminal history going back to the 1990's. He is well known by law enforcement and continues run free.

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