A Las Cruces man who sat at a green light a little too long got the attention of a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy, who later learned he was driving a stolen vehicle. At 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, Larye D. Parkins, 44, was stopped at a green light at the intersection of S. Main Street and Union in Mesilla Park. A check on the vehicle’s license plate revealed the 1998 Chevrolet Blazer Parkins was driving had been reported stolen on March 22.
The deputy followed the vehicle through the intersection and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but Parkins refused to stop. A pursuit led the deputy through a neighboring mobile home park, where speeds reached above 50 miles per hour.
Another Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy joined the pursuit and tracked Parkins to the intersection of Linden and Hanks, where Parkins fled the vehicle and started to run. The deputy caught Parkins behind a rock wall and took him into custody.
Parkins was transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center, charged with one count of receiving stolen property, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and two counts of resisting and evading. Deputies also discovered Parkins had a warrant for his arrest for violating parole. His bond was set at $10,000.