Tiffany Goitia

Tiffany Goitia, 24. (Image from the Lea County Sheriff's Office)

A Hobbs woman faces multiple felony charges after stealing a car and leading deputies on a chase Thursday night, according to the Lea County Sheriff's Office.

At approximately 11 p.m., Lea County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1200 Block of Rancho Road in reference to a reported stolen silver Hyundai Sonata. It was reported Tiffany Goitia, 24 of Hobbs, had taken the vehicle.

At approximately midnight, a Lea County Sheriff’s Corporal saw a vehicle matching the description of the silver Hyundai traveling east on Joe Harvey Blvd. According to the Sheriff's Office, the corporal unsuccessfully attempted a traffic stop, but was able to confirm it as the stolen vehicle.

The corporal continued to follow the vehicle from a safe distance and saw the vehicle run stop signs at a high rate of speed in a residential neighborhood. Deputies report the corporal followed the vehicle to the area of Silver and North Cielo Drive when the vehicle suddenly pulled a U-turn and attempted to crash head-on to the corporal’s patrol unit. The corporal then began pursuing the vehicle through Fowler St., observing the vehicle nearly crash into a silver van as it traveled west to Bender Blvd.

The Sheriff's Office reports the vehicle ran stop signs and stop lights as it traveled through the Hobbs and north on Dal Paso. Responding deputies reported the vehicle traveling at speeds exceeding 95 mph in some areas. The corporal observed the vehicle lose control at mile post 16 on North Dal Paso. Deputies say Goitia exited the vehicle and began running in an open field, disregarding numerous requests to stop. She eventually stopped running and was placed into custody. She was transported to the Lea County Detention Center.

Goitia was booked on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle (3rd degree felony), aggravated assault on a peace officer (3rd degree felony), aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer (4th degree felony), resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer (misdemeanor). She was released Tuesday, Nov. 20 on a promise to appear before the court at her next court hearing.

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