Woman That Eluded Police in a High-speed Chase Rams 4 Squad Cars
A Farmington police officer remains in fair condition at San Juan Regional Medical Center after he was struck Thursday by a woman eluding police in a high-speed chase.
Officer Jared Stock, 35, was outside of his patrol vehicle attempting to deploy stop sticks at the intersection of Main Street and Browning Parkway when Thuhang Ho, 20, allegedly aimed her car and struck him.
Police said the woman appeared to have slowed down and then gunned her engine, aiming at Stock. Ho struck Stock and then crashed her Pontiac G6 into the side of Stock's patrol vehicle.
Stock's arm was pinned beneath the rear passenger side tire of his patrol vehicle, Noon said.
One witness, David Gomez of Flora Vista, was preparing to pull out of Allied Cash Advance at the intersection when he saw Stock jump out of his cruiser.
The Pontiac was quickly upon the intersection, Gomez said.
“She avoided the strips and headed straight for the officer,” Gomez said. “I think she went intentionally for the officer.”
Farmington Police Sgt. David Monfils was following Ho in his Farmington SUV, capturing the incident on his in-car camera. Investigators are reviewing the tape.
The pursuit began after San Juan County Sheriff's deputies responded to the parking lot of ConocoPhillips near Andrea Drive in Farmington.
Deputies were dispatched to the location for the second day in a row in response to calls from ConocoPhillips officials asking the woman be removed from the area, Sheriff's spokeswoman Beth Utley said.
Ho, on Wednesday, reportedly was vandalizing vehicles at that location, but fled the scene before deputies arrived, Utley said.
When deputies arrived Thursday at about 10:48 a.m. to the same parking lot, Ho was sitting in her parked car, which was surrounded by vehicles in front of and on each side of her.
She was holding a large river rock in her hand. A patrol deputy parked his vehicle at an angle behind the woman.
Ho eventually placed the rock down when deputies approached her, but would not exit her vehicle. She then reversed her car and slammed into the deputy's car.
Ho proceeded to strike all four vehicles that boxed her vehicle in until there was enough room for her to flee, Utley said.
The woman led deputies on a high-speed chase westbound on U.S. 64, weaving around traffic, before turning north on Browning Parkway.
The Sheriff's helicopter, which was in flight at the time of the incident, advised dispatch of Ho's location and speed throughout the pursuit, Utley said.
Two Farmington police patrol units driving south on Browning Parkway made a U-turn when they encountered Ho's vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
Stock had parked his patrol car at the intersection where he was hoping to stop Ho with the tire deflation devices.
He was attempting to run out of the path of Ho's oncoming vehicle when he was hit, Utley said.
Stock was pinned under his own police car, Gomez said.
“He was down, his arm stuck around the back rear tire,” he said.
The suspect, Gomez said, was immediately handcuffed by other officers. Written in black on the side of Ho's car were the words “Not Barbie,” “Toy=Metal” and “Never 4give You.”
Ho faces charges of second-degree felony assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, third-degree felony aggravated battery on a peace officer and third-degree felony aggravated assault on a peace officer.
She also faces five counts of fourth-degree felony criminal damage to property, fourth-degree felony aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and resisting and evading a police officer, a misdemeanor.
This is not Ho's first encounter with law enforcement. The woman faces charges of drunken driving, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, assault on a peace officer, criminal damage to property, failure to maintain a traffic lane and speeding stemming from an Oct. 24 incident.
On Wednesday, Ho's attorney, Ron Adamson, filed a motion in the 2010 case raising the question of the woman's competency, according to the state website, nmcourts.gov.
Following the crash, officers took Ho to the hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries, including scratches and contusions, Tanner said. Deputies also obtained a warrant for a blood draw on Ho.
She will be taken to San Juan County Adult Detention Center once she is released from the hospital, Tanner said.
Bond is being set at $150,000 cash only.
Meanwhile, Stock remains hospitalized.
Re: Woman That Eluded Police in a High-speed Chase Rams 4 Squad Cars
wow she's lucky they didn't open fire because it was sure justified. Black guys get killed for far less. Fact