LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces police arrested a man wanted for questioning by the DEA after he allegedly led officers on a vehicle pursuit along two busy roadways Friday evening.
Salvador Jesus Acosta, 33, of 200 Cervantes Village on the campus of New Mexico State University, is charged with one count of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.
At about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the Walgreens store on El Paseo Road where Acosta was at a drive-through window in a 2012 Honda Accord. Officers learned that the DEA had alerted Walgreens to call police if Acosta visited the store.
An officer ordered Acosta to drive forward and park his vehicle near another officer who was standing by in the parking lot. Instead, Acosta disregarded the officer’s command and tried to elude police through heavy traffic on El Paseo Road, according to police.
Police said Acosta drove through several red lights without stopping and turned westbound on University Avenue before officers stopped his vehicle. They said Acosta then failed several commands to exit his vehicle and, instead, locked himself inside. Officers were forced to break a rear window in order to remove Acosta and place him under arrest.
Acosta was booked into Doña Ana County Detention Center with a bond set at $25,000. The DEA is conducting its own investigation.