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Dash cam video released of Farmington car chase

Created: 06/11/2014 6:28 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On March 12, 2014 a major intersection in Farmington was closed for hours as police investigated a high speed chase and eventual shooting of the driver in question by law enforcement. Wednesday, the police dash camera, body camera and security camera footage was released.

It all started with 911 calls about a man driving his pickup erratically, exposing himself, and running cars off the road. Police caught up to him in the parking lot of a gas station, where he hit an unmarked police unit. The unmarked unit was not equipped with a camera.

The driver, identified as John Marszalek, then went to the parking lot of the Animas Valley Mall, where dash cam video gives us the first glimpse of his pickup.

The truck avoided three spike strips during a wild chase that headed out of the Farmington city limits and back into town with New Mexico State Police, San Juan County Sheriff Deputies, Farmington Police and the US Marshal's Service in pursuit.

It finally ended when Farmington Police Officer Phillip Mondragon drove in front of the truck, allowing the truck to broad side his cruiser. Other law enforcement vehicles boxed the vehicle in at the intersection of 20th street and Butler Avenue.

Security camera footage shows smoke billowing from the truck's tires as Marszalek tries to push the police car out of the way.

Police say at that point, he also stabbed himself in the throat. Officers then broke the back window and used two Tasers to try to stop him.

When that didn't work, they say, Deputy US Marshal Chris Spenser, shot him at point blank range.

He died at the hospital.

The case has been forwarded to the district attorney and they are awaiting toxicology results as well as a final autopsy before releasing their findings.


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