3/21/22 Gallup, NM – 3 Inmates Being Transported In The McKinley County Sheriff’s Transport Van – Inmate Fakes A Heart Attack And Attacks The Deputy – Steals Van – Long High Speed Chase – Spike Strips – Crash – Captured

March 21, 2022


Three inmates who stole a McKinley County Sheriff’s Office transport van on Monday have been captured, authorities said.

New Mexico State Police officials said the inmates were being transported by a sheriff’s deputy who apparently had a medical episode and had to stop the van.

They said the three prisoners — two men and a woman — were able to gain control of the van and fled the area.

Police located the van near Tohajiilee on Interstate 40.

After a lengthy pursuit, police successfully deployed tire deflation devices on the van east of Grants and the three inmates were taken into custody without further incident.

Police officials didn’t immediately say if the inmates would be facing additional charges after the brief escape.