Las Cruces Man Arrested in Rampage

Las Cruces Man Arrested in Rampage

POSTED: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 9:21am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 6:57pm

Las Cruces - Police arrested a man Tuesday evening on suspicion of assaulting a friend and ramming a police unit with a stolen car.

Eric Luis Lopez, 18, is charged with one count each of robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a peace officer, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, and evading or obstructing an officer.

Police rushed to the 4000 block of Inca Avenue where a 19-year-old man was bleeding from his head. The victim told officers that he and Lopez were hanging out when Lopez hit him with a bottle and took his 2004 Ford Mustang.

Shortly after the incident was reported, a Las Cruces Police officer spotted Lopez driving the stolen Mustang and stopped the vehicle on Pecos Street. Lopez initially stepped out of the car but then got back in, placed the vehicle in reverse and struck the officer’s unit.

Lopez sped away and led the officer on a brief pursuit before being stopped again and taken into custody near the intersection of Pecos Street and California Avenue.

Lopez was subsequently transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $26,000.

The officer was not injured during the incident.

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