Woman in custody following short vehicle pursuit with Farmington police


Farmington, N.M. – An Aztec woman is in custody today following a short vehicle pursuit with Farmington police last night. The pursuit happened around 10:00 p.m. after an officer saw a vehicle driving erratically in the eastbound lanes near Farmington Ave. and E. Main St. The officer signaled the driver to pull over. The driver began to pull into a parking lot and then fled from the officer. The officer followed, and the driver became more reckless, eventually slowing down, jumping out, and running away from the car on foot. The officer ran after the driver and detained her without further incident.


Another officer arriving on scene found the vehicle in drive, still moving and noticed a small child inside the car. The officer immediately jumped into the car and stopped it. The driver, 29-year-old Lashelle Denney, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and new charges of Abuse of Child, Aggravated Fleeing, Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer, as well as traffic violations.

PRESS RELEASE: Multiagency pursuit

Farmington, NM – At approximately 12:12 p.m. today Farmington police were dispatched to Scott Avenue and Broadway in reference to a subject driving recklessly. A Farmington detective was traveling behind a white Ford Ranger and observed him speeding and running lights. The detective attempted to pull the vehicle over due to the immediate threat to the public. The vehicle fled and pursuit was cancelled. The subject continued traveling toward the Bisti Highway. Patrol units were in the area setting up Stop Sticks. The subject crossed the median on the Bisti bridge to avoid the Stop Sticks and drove head-on toward a Farmington police officer before veering away. Officers initiated pursuit due to the subject’s dangerous driving and aggravated assault against an officer. The pursuit continued south on 371 toward Chaco Gas Plant onto County Road 7100. At the 3 mile marker, Motor Transportation, a division of State Police, successfully deployed Stop Sticks catching both left tires. The pursuit continued at slower speeds onto the Navajo Reservation and made its way to 7150. The San Juan County Sherriff’s helicopter responded to the area to assist. The subject pulled into the residential area of the Huerfano Chapter, stopped in front of his house and exited the vehicle. Officers gave commands for the subject to get on the ground. He then grabbed a baseball bat. Officers tased the subject and took him into custody without further incident.

State Police is charging the subject, 30-year-old Arrison Parrish with a 9th DUI, aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing, open container, tampering with an interlock, and additional traffic violations.

PRESS RELEASE: Vehicle pursuit

Farmington, NM – At approximately 2:52 p.m. today a Farmington police officer observed two Ford Mustangs (one grey, one white) racing on East Main Street. They were heading west bound on Main near Clayton reaching speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour in a 35 mile zone. The officer activated his lights and both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the gas station on Browning Parkway and Main.  The driver of the white Mustang then evaded the officer, driving to the back of the gas station and proceeding onto Main Street. He continued west on Main at which time the officer terminated pursuit for citizen safety. The driver was then seen driving on Main Street heading westbound in the eastbound lane. At one point, he was driving on the sidewalk. This occurred from Smith Lane to Sullivan. He continued this path then turned south on Sullivan where he stopped to let out a passenger. The officer re-initiated pursuit and followed the suspect to San Juan Boulevard, traveled west to Butler, and then south on Pinon past San Juan Regional Medical Center. The suspect continued to travel to the Bisti Highway near Murray Drive when officers successfully deployed Stop Sticks. The vehicle continued to travel onto 371 and N36 on a flat tire and hit an FPD unit. At this time the vehicle lost its rear tire and was traveling at minimal speeds. The suspect attempted to turn into a driveway when he lost control of the vehicle and then backed into a pole. Officers were able to pin the vehicle in at this point. The suspect exited the vehicle and ran approximately 200 yards before brandishing a knife at an officer. Officers deployed their Tasers and the suspect finally gave up his knife. Officers took 29-year-old Shawn Thomas into custody. Initially, he concealed his identity to officers. Thomas will be charged with DUI, aggravated fleeing, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, racing, reckless driving, open container, concealing identity, and paraphernalia. He has multiple unrelated felony warrants for his arrest.