An erratic driver hit numerous cars Wednesday during a high-speed chase before being stopped by Santa Fe County sheriff's deputies on N.M. 14.

The sheriff's office pursued the driver after being alerted by deputies in Sandoval County of a vehicle driving erratically. 

They attempted to pull him over, but he continued to flee, said Juan Ríos, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. 

After authorities deployed spike strips, the vehicle came to a stop. When the driver got out of the car, he brandished a knife, but deputies were able to arrest him, Ríos said. 

The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital. Ríos didn't know whether drugs or alcohol were involved. 

The driver hit a number of cars, but no injuries were reported, Ríos said. 

New Mexico State Police assisted in the pursuit.

(11) comments

Jim Klukkert

My sincere and heartfelt congratulations to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Deputies for stopping this dangerous lunatic without using deadly force. You are to be commended for making the compassionate and courageous choice, despite the potential of violence being directed at you.

I hope others can bring more attention and honor to you!

Khal Spencer


Khal Spencer

Small wonder the police sometimes have to resort to extreme measures. There are too many dangerous lunatics in this state.

Sheri VS

This occurred on Thursday, not Wednesday.

Kim Griego-Kiel

So crazy guy driving erratically, hitting other cars for miles, then brandished a knife at police? And he’s arrested without incident? Hmm must be white.

Khal Spencer

Or, perhaps he finally gave up rather than presenting a lethal threat. But thank you for your prejudice.

Nancy Lockland

Yikes! your prejudice comment is quite disgusting. Not all occurrences with police end in someone being killed. People like you are the reason the world is the way it is.

Khal Spencer

From the Journal: "...Deputies were able to use a second spike strip to deflate the tires and a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop Denewiler. He was pulled from the vehicle and allegedly was holding a knife, which he later dropped, when officers approached him...."

So he stopped being a threat. Cops did not have to use lethal or non-lethal force.

Deborah Martin

I was one of the cars he hit, came flying up behind me just before Madrid and rammed my car several times trying to force me off the road. He passed me and I followed him to get his license number and before Cerrillos, he blocked the road and came back to my car pounding on the hood, I swerved around him and took off and finally came to a sheriff coming the other direction and flagged him down. He forced other cars off the road also, guy was absolutely out of control.

Lee Vigil

That's really scary! I'm glad you were ok. I'll bet he was on meth or something.

Tammy Tapia

Why meth? That person could have been having a nervous breakdown or had a mental issue. Not everyone that gets out of hand is on a drug. Some people just loose it. I am happy though that Deborah and the other drivers are ok.

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