Monte Vista PD arrests three people on drug charges, reckless driving 


MONTE VISTA — Three people were arrested March 15 on drug and reckless driving charges after trying to flee from officers, the Monte Vista Police Department reported.

On March 15, officers with the Monte Vista Police Department attempted to stop a 2002 GMC Envoy for a traffic violation on Lariat Road. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, reaching speeds over 100 mph as it traveled south of Monte Vista on Colorado Highway 15. The vehicle continued to flee and turned east onto Colorado Highway 370 (County Road 10 South) and into Alamosa County.

Deputies from the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Colorado State Patrol were positioned along Highway 370 to deploy stop sticks, a tire deflating device to stop the vehicle as it continued to flee into Alamosa County. The vehicle turned into a private driveway that leads to a farm in rural Alamosa County where it stopped and four adults were taken into custody.

Officers also located a 2-year-old child in the vehicle who was unharmed. The child was later released to a grandparent after being checked by Alamosa Emergency Medical Services to ensure it was uninjured.

Ryan Medina, 22, of Monte Vista, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, child abuse and felony vehicular eluding. He was booked into the Rio Grande County Jail.  Jessica Martinez, 24, of Del Norte, a passenger in the vehicle was charged with suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nancy Trujillo, 53, of Monte Vista, also a passenger, was charged with suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia. Alexus Cisneros, 21, the third passenger, was released without charges. 

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