Hobbs Man Leads Authorities on High Speed Chase

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

LEA COUNTY, N.M. - A dangerous high speed chase that extended across state lines ends with a Hobbs man ending up behind bars.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Hobbs Police spotted 32-year-old Lorenzo Sanchez's pickup and tried to stop him as he had multiple outstanding warrants.

Sanchez fled when officers tried to stop him.

The chase was eventually called off due to the excessive speeds. A second pursuit followed later but had the same result. Then a third chased began just before 8 p.m. exiting the city.

The pursuit was taken over by Lea County Sheriff's deputies and continued into Texas.

At one point, Sanchez fired several shots at pursuing officers.

He eventually tried to re-enter Hobbs but was stopped when his truck hit a spike strip.

Sanchez was caught and taken into custody.

He is charged with assault on a police officer, fleeing, shooting from a vehicle and several other charges.

Sanchez's bond is set at $126,800.