A routine traffic stop turned into a chase Monday after New Mexico State Police officers attempted to pull over a car on Interstate 25 and the driver fled. 

Around 5 p.m. Monday, a state police officer tried to pull over a green 1998 GMC pickup for following too closely and driving at speeds of up to 95 mph, said Lt. Dusty Francisco, a spokesman for the agency.

The 19-year-old driver, Kameron Antonio Martinez, began to flee with passenger Eric Lockhart, 18, Francisco said. A southbound pursuit ensued southeast of Santa Fe, near Seton Village.

Police eventually deployed tire-deflation devices, which brought the truck to a stop about 10 miles later, near Cerrillos Road. Officers detained the teens, who both had arrest warrants out of Colorado, according to Francisco.

Martinez has been charged with aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, receiving or transferring a motor vehicle and careless driving. Lockhart is charged with being a fugitive from out of state.

The pair were booked in the Santa Fe County jail.

(5) comments

Michael Marvier

Good job New Mexico State Police. Keep up the good work.

Khal Spencer

If the clowns in the pickup were driving 95 mph and tailgating, they are already presenting an extreme risk to the public. It seems one has to look at both sides of the pursuit coin in deciding whether a pursuit and capture is a better idea than letting these people risk our lives anyway.

I was on the way to work yesterday. Passed a pickup truck going a little under the limit on 84/285. Just as I was about to change lanes, a black Mustang rocketed up on me like a surface to air missile. Passed me like I was standing still and I was doing a little under 70 mph. I called 911.

If the road is empty, I could care less if folks want to play games with their own lives and win the Darwin Award. When there are other motorists around, behave yourself.

Chris Mechels

From the "facts" provided, this seems a very questionable pursuit, illegal under the Safe Pursuit Act. The NMSP should be required to explain why the pursuit was necessary.

It shows up the ongoing problem with NM laws; they aren't followed. The Safe Pursuit act was passed in 2003, and installed at all police agencies in the state, but mostly ignored, with much resulting death and mayhem.

In the recent Legislative session, Senate Bill 227 was proposed, to install a uniform Use of Force policy and training across our state. The cops got it stopped. Are we even capable of passing a bill the cops oppose??

The question of course, given the fate of the Safe Pursuit Act is whether SB227 would have become just another law ignored by our scofflaw police, and going unenforced by our DAs and the AG. Why even bother passing bills such as this? The answer is, of course, political. We wanted to "respond" to Black Lives Matter, and proved that we can't. Minnesota, BTW, is responding appropriately.

The bill that WAS passed, SB375, "responds" by destroying our police training, setting us back about 3 decades, in spite of the LEA Director's wish to embrace the national IADLEST reforms; or because of her wish. The last thing our police want is "reform". They want nicer uniforms and bigger guns.

john young

There it is- " The cops got it stopped." To consider 'the cops' a monolithic group who want no rules displays one of the biggest problems when it comes to Police Reform. I don't recall hearing 'the cops', I do recall this paper giving front page space to Police Union Leaders ! This paper-like most across the country- give voice only to the two extremes- Police Unions who want status quo countered by the 'de-funder' groups. Both appear to be more interested in holding their line than actually engaging in productive, effective, & acceptable reform beneficial to all.

Bill #227 might have been well-intended but it was a flawed bill which should have received wider review. The same, political posturing trumped a realistic path to success.

Chris Mechels

John, it seems you are right about SB227, though it might have done some good. But, even if passed, who would enforce it?? We have the Safe Pursuit Act, and the Bias Profiling Act, and they are ignored. The AG and DAs have NO interest in enforcing these laws. One feature of SB227 that WOULD be useful is to have all police policies posted on their websites, an idea the cops HATE...

SB375, which passed easily, is very destructive. It basically "gives up" on police training and gives it to DPS, which has been busy destroying the training for decades, esp since 2003.

It seems every time the Legislature "deals with' police training, they mess it up even worse. They are always coming from ignorance.

It seems that NM is incapable of self governance, more of a kleptocracy.

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