San Jon 19-year-old dies in rollover after chase

CNJ staff

A 19-year-old San Jon man died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover following a high-speed chase with the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State Police.

Brandon Saville was declared dead at the scene in rural Curry County after 1 a.m. According to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock:

• About 11:36 p.m. Friday, a state police officer saw a 1998 Chevrolet pickup driven by Saville heading north on Prince Street. The truck’s headlights were off and it ran a red light.

• The state police officer attempted to stop the truck, but it kept traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. The Clovis Police Department joined the effort, and the state officer made a decision to discontinue involvement due to policy.

• The Clovis Police Department continued the pursuit past Llano Estacado Boulevard, remaining on Prince Street as it became State Road 209.

• The pursuit continued several miles out of town until the truck stopped. The truck took off again before contact was made and the pursuit resumed.

• The truck only used daytime running lights and traveled at speeds of between 90 and 100 miles per hour at times.

• The pursuit went through Broadview and continued to State Road 275, then moved to Curry Road K. The Clovis officers discontinued efforts after the pavement turned to dirt due to a combination of unsafe conditions and problems with communication equipment so far from headquarters. Contact was made with the state police division in Tucumcari to set up a roadblock.

• About nine-tenths of a mile past the end of the pavement, at the intersection of Curry Roads K and 47, the road curves to the left. Officers who found the vehicle judged the truck was going too fast to negotiate the curve and rolled four times.

• Saville, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.