An 18-year-old Texas man charged with armed robbery and fleeing from officers in a high-speed chase for more than 120 miles on Interstate 40 late Wednesday is being held in the Quay County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.
Jonathan Colton Parsons of Granbury, Texas, is charged with armed robbery of between $400 and $450 from the Stuckey's restaurant at Paloma on I-40 and leading police on a chase of speeds up 90 mph, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock and court records.
Paloma is abut 11 miles west of Tucumcari.
The armed robbery call came in about 6:10 p.m., and about a half hour later Police Sgt. Jason Waller of Santa Rosa began following Parsons, who was in a White Ford Explorer, Glascock said. Shortly after Patrolman Steve Sparksspear of Tucumcari joined in the pursuit.
The chase lasted for another 120 miles, ending at the Eubank exit in Albuquerque, where Parsons was driving on deflated tires from spike sticks, according to Glascock and court documents.
"Parsons admitted to the armed robbery at Stuckey's," according to court documents.
"Parsons also admitted to me (Sparksspear) that he had stolen the handgun used in the robberies from his roommate in Texas," the document said.
Before Parsons was captured outside of Albuquerque there were several police cars in pursuit and a helicopter following the suspect, Glascock said.
Parsons pleaded not guilty on Friday before Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett who set Parsons' bail at $100,000. Parsons is also to be appointed a court attorney.
Charges against Parsons include the felony charges of armed robbery, retaining stolen property (the firearm), and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon.