3rd person charged in chase, shootout investigation

3rd person charged in chase, shootout investigation

QUAY COUNTY, N.M. (KFDA) - State authorities have charged a third person believed to have been involved in a high-speed chase from Amarillo to the New Mexico border.

Tennille Ramirez has been booked into the Quay County Detention Center on assault and evasion charges. Police believe Ramirez was with Mario Montes, the accused driver, during the Oct. 25 pursuit that ended with an exchange of gunfire between authorities and the suspects.

Montes, 33, was shot in the chest during the exchange but survived. He and another passenger, 25-year-old Matthew Lopez, have since been charged with aggravated assault.

A fourth passenger in the car was questioned and later released.

The early morning chase began within Amarillo city limits and escalated when Montes reportedly fired shots at officers. County agencies and state police aided the Amarillo Police Department's pursuit as he continued to drive west.

Officers first attempted to stop Montes for failure to signal.

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