Officers with the Taos Police Department had their hands full when trying to arrest Jeremy Badhand.
Officers attempted to serve Badhand a bench warrant, but when they arrived they saw the suspect behaving erratically. Badhand was holding a gun to his head and also had a knife under his throat. He threatened suicide if they officers didn’t leave. This caused police to pause as they were trying to prevent Badhand from taking his own life. This pause allowed Badhand to flee police. Some officers pursued him in their cars, others followed on foot and called the Taos County Sheriff’s Officer for support.
The closest deputy was a man named Phillip Ortega. Deputy Ortega received the call about the chase and activated his lights and siren to join the chase. Deputy Ortega was on his motorcycle heading towards the location of the suspect when a woman pulled in front of his bike. Deputy Ortega tried to swerve but was unsuccessful in avoiding the crash. Ortega hit the side of the woman’s vehicle causing damage to the windshield. Luckily, the car was the most damaging thing in the crash.
Deputy Ortega called in the crash and paramedics arrived at his location shortly after. EMTs provided treatment to Deputy Ortega and the woman in the other car. Deputy Ortega sustained minor injuries and is expected to be okay. The woman was also treated for her injuries and then she was released. The report didn’t say if she was cited or arrested at the scene. We will provide any updates as they are released.
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