The motorist suspected of leading Las Cruces Police officers on a high-speed pursuit late Sunday evening, before crashing into the back of another vehicle and attempting to run away, has been arrested.
Dakota D. Strausser, 19, has been charged with one count each of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and evading arrest.
Strausser also faces several traffic citations including speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license.
At around 11 p.m. Sunday, March 16, a marked Las Cruces Police unit was traveling north on Telshor Boulevard when the officer spotted a silver Dodge Neon exceeding the speed limit and heading in the opposite direction. The officer turned around and started following the Neon which turned west onto Lohman Avenue and continued to exceed posted speed limits.
The officer activated the unit’s emergency lights and siren but the driver of the Neon, later identified as Strausser, refused to pull over. Strausser led officers in a pursuit on Walton Boulevard to Griggs Avenue.
The pursuit continued through several city neighborhoods until the Neon collided into the rear end of a car stopped at the intersection of Espina Street and Missouri Avenue. Strausser then fled the crash on foot and was subsequently located in an apartment at 1101 E. Boutz Rd.
The driver of the vehicle struck by Strausser’s Dodge Neon was injured in the crash but those injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Strausser was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $7,000.