FARMINGTON — One deputy's hand was run over and another deputy crashed his patrol car while trying to arrest a suspected drunken driver on Friday night.

Jose Velasquez, a 25-year-old Farmington man, was arrested Friday night after a lengthy pursuit that started at SunRay Park and Casino and ended near County Road 7125, Beth Utley, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said in a news release.

Utley said Velasquez was parked in a Ford Escape at the casino with a female and a deputy saw him acting suspiciously and asked him to get out of the vehicle

Velasquez allegedly tried to flee the area.

Deputy Justin Reiker tried to stop Velasquez by leaving by reaching for the gear shifter.

Reiker was thrown from the vehicle. He struck his head on the concrete and his hand was run over, Utley said.

He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

As deputies chased the car south on County Road 5510 toward the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, Deputy Andrew Gilbert lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an embankment, Utley said.

Gilbert wasn't injured.

Velasquez was taken into custody after a foot pursuit near county roads 7125 and 7260. He has been charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing of law enforcement, aggravated DWI and felon in possession of a firearm and negligent use of  a deadly weapon.


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