New Mexico man sentenced to prison for assault on law enforcement

New Mexico man sentenced to prison for assault on law enforcement

LOVINGTON, NM (KWES) - A Lovington, New Mexico man is spending the next 25 years in prison.

Enrique Quiroga was sentenced by a federal judge after a he was part of a crime spree in 2014.

The crime spree ended in a high speed chase and gun fight.

Court records show a US Border Patrol agent tried to stop a stolen vehicle near Sierra Blanca, Texas. Quiroga was inside of the vehicle with Maritza Mota and Sayra Baeza. The three failed to stop and began firing shots at two agents.

The suspects eventually ditched the vehicle and ran into the desert.

DPS and The Texas Department of Wildlife joined in the chase the two other passengers eventually surrendered. Quiroga continued firing at authorities and was eventually restrained after being shot several times during the pursuit.

Police said the arrests came after a crime spree in New Mexico that began a few days before. There were reports of stolen firearms, a vehicle and even a burglary of a Bealls department store.

The case was investigated by five agencies, Charges Quiroga plead guilty to include assaulting an officer, transportation of stolen vehicle and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

In February Quiroga's accomplices were also sentenced to prison time. Mota will serve 12 years and Baeza 10 years. After Quiroga is done with his sentence he will be placed on a supervised release for three years.

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