San Juan Co. woman had toddlers, 1.5 pounds of meth in car during pursuit

Updated: 08/21/2014 6:35 PM | Created: 08/21/2014 6:26 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

FARMINGTON -- San Juan County Sherriff's Deputies were involved in a high speed pursuit in the early morning hours of August 10.

Dash cam footage obtained by KOB Eyewitness News 4 shows deputies talking with 25-year-old Brittaney Escojeda as she fuels her SUV. Deputies recognized her on an outstanding warrant for felony burglary.

After more than 30 minutes, Escojeda starts the car with no warning and drives off, almost hitting a deputy with her door and with the fuel fill hose still in the car. She then led deputies on a chase, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office called off the chase because the woman had a 1-year-old and 2-year-old unrestrained in the vehicle.

Deputies lost sight of the car until they noticed a gate broken open by Escojeda's car. In a wrecking yard, they found the car, and Escojeda trying to hide from police. As deputies attempted to apprehend her, she got back in the vehicle and attempted to drive off.

Two deputies attempted to box her in and the woman rammed into their vehicles. A second attempt to box her in was unsuccessful as well.

The then took a sharp turn, and crashed through a chain link fence and down an embankment, where she attempted to flee on foot with her two children. The woman was apprehended and the children were released to relatives.

San Juan County Sheriff's Deputies say a search of the vehicle involved in the chase, another vehicle and the woman's belongings yielded more than 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine.

Escojeda was booked into San Juan County Detention Center under multiple charges and remains on a no-bond hold.

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