Main Street pursuit ends without injury

CNJ STAFF

A vehicle pursuit through town ended without injury Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Second and Sheldon streets, where a Clovis man was arrested amid an array of police and area onlookers.
Edgar Perales, 41, brother of Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer; aggravated fleeing and eluding police; possession of a controlled substance; tampering with evidence; resisting an officer; and reckless driving.
The pursuit lasted between five and eight minutes, police said.
Police said they originally pulled Perales over at the Alltell store near Wal-Mart on an outstanding warrant for missing court on a misdemeanor traffic violation.
Perales then attempted to run over Roman Romero, an agent with the Region Five Drug Task Force, then drove south on North Prince Street, Romero said.
Police followed Perales at about 30 mph through the city, until Perales forced two police cars driving toward him to swerve off the road on Main Street, Romero said.
Clovis residents Taylor Ellis and Quinn Rico saw the pursuit on Main Street.
“I swear the whole police force was after them,” Ellis said.
After Perales forced the officers to swerve on Main Street, Romero said for safety purposes police quit chasing the suspect, who was driving in a late model white Oldsmobile with a female passenger.
Moments later, Romero said Perales became spooked when he saw a sheriff’s deputy driving near Second and Sheldon and fled his vehicle.
He was apprehended moments later, and was still being held at the Curry County Detention Center on Wednesday night on $10,000 cash only bond and $11,900 cash or surety.
Commissioner Ed Perales was out of town Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.