N.M. man arrested after high-speed chase through Rio Grande, Alamosa counties 


MONTE VISTA — A 19-year-old man from New Mexico led multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit, speeds reaching 110 mph, Wednesday afternoon, May 19, through Monte Vista and into Alamosa before being arrested.  

Augustine Nerva of Rio Rancho, N.M., was arrested by the Colorado State Patrol due to the pursuit covering Rio Grande and Alamosa counties, according to the Monte Vista Police Department. Officers recovered an AK47 rifle from the vehicle Nerva was driving. Nerva faces multiple charges.  

At approximately 4:05 p.m., officers with the Monte Vista Police Department clocked a 2011 Ford SUV eastbound on US Highway 160, driving into Monte Vista at 110 mph.   

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle. It continued into town at a high speed and driving recklessly. For safety concerns, MVPD officers terminated the pursuit but notified Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol.   

Multiple agencies attempted to deploy “Stop Sticks,” a tire deflating device, to slow the vehicle. The vehicle continued into Alamosa where the vehicle was located at 9th and La Due, where Nerva was taken into custody, according to the MVPD.