High-Speed Pursuit in West Texas Ends in Arrest of Stolen Vehicle Driver

High-Speed Pursuit in West Texas Ends in Arrest of Stolen Vehicle Driver

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, Winkler County deputies responded to reports of a stolen vehicle entering Winkler County from Jal, New Mexico, along North State Highway 18. Deputies R. Cogburn #108 and N. Barlow #109 located the vehicle, identified as a Black 2023 Ford F150, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. However, the vehicle failed to yield, prompting a pursuit.

The pursuit led deputies down South Pine and then onto Campbell heading westbound. Speeds reached 70mph as the chase continued onto Austin Street. Deputy Gallagher #111 joined the pursuit as it proceeded northbound on North State Highway 115, with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The pursuit entered Andrews County, where an ACSO deputy deployed spike strips at the intersection of State Highway 115 and FM 181.

The stolen vehicle struck the spike strips, causing a deflated tire. Despite this, the pursuit continued for an additional 2 miles before coming to a halt. The driver, identified as Andres Miguel Soto, 26 years old from Hobbs, NM, and reportedly on probation, was apprehended without further incident.

Fortunately, no injuries or property damage were reported. Mr. Soto was transported to the Andrews County Detention Center. He faces charges in Winkler County, including evading arrest/detention with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle, both State Jail Felonies.

Acknowledgment was given to the Andrews County Sheriff’s Office, specifically Deputies Taylor and Deaver, for their exemplary spike deployment and additional assistance during the pursuit.