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Hobbs man arrested after leading HPD in car chase

A Hobbs man was arrested Thursday night after attempting hit residents with his car and leading Hobbs Police in a vehicle chase.

At around 11:20 p.m., Hobbs Police Officers responded to the area of Fowler and Midwest in reference to a call of an aggravated assault.

The caller advised a male subject, later identified as Leonardo Marquez Jr, 25, of Hobbs, was attempting to run over them in a silver colored Cadillac sedan.

Officers located the vehicle illegally parked on Fowler and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Marquez, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, accelerated at a high rate of speed and turned down an alley while failing to yield to emergency lights and sirens. Marquez continued to flee from officers while failing to stop at stops signs and driving recklessly throughout the neighborhood.

Marquez’s vehicle came to a brief stop in the 400 block of W. Rainbow, but then quickly accelerated again and intentionally veered towards and crashed into a marked patrol unit at the intersection of Linam and Rainbow. Marquez’s vehicle was traveling at an estimated 30 miles per hour when it struck the patrol unit as an officer was exiting in an attempt to deploy tire deflation devices. Marquez exited his vehicle after the collision and fled on foot and he was quickly taken into custody by other officers.

A Hobbs police officer was injured as a result of Marquez intentionally crashing into the patrol unit. The officer was transported to Lea Regional Medical Center where he was treated for injuries to his head, neck, leg and back. The officer was later released from the hospital.

Marquez was also transported to Lea Regional Medical Center but refused treatment and was released. He was transported to the Hobbs Municipal Detention facility where he is awaiting arraignment.

Marquez is charged with aggravated battery upon a peace officer, third-degree felony, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a third-degree felony and a sixth offense, aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony, and seven petty misdemeanors.