Colorado pair arrested in New Mexico crime spree that ended in motorcyclist's death

KUSA - A man and woman from Colorado are in custody and are accused of a crime spree in New Mexico that state police say included carjacking a vehicle with a family inside, leading officers on a chase with speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour and hitting and killing a motorcyclist.  

Daniel Lowell of Colorado has been charged with 18 crimes for the incident, according to a news release from New Mexico State Police. 

The 34-year-old was also wanted on numerous warrants out of Colorado – including attempted murder. 

His companion, 32-year-old Trista Schlaefli of Colorado Springs, faces 10 charges, state police say. Both suspects are being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center. 

The incident began at around 2 p.m. Monday, when Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces spotted a vehicle that had been reported missing in Colorado.

Lowell, who police say was driving the vehicle at the time, was asked for identification and said he didn’t have any. Schlaefli is accused of giving the agents a stolen driver’s license. 

When they were asked to pull over, New Mexico State Police say they fled instead – prompting border patrol to follow. 

That’s when police say the pair were seen carjacking a vehicle at gunpoint. A man, his wife and their 2 and 7-year-old children were inside. 

The stolen vehicle was later spotted in Las Cruces and police say the suspects led officers on a pursuit throughout the city and eventually to Interstates 10 and 25 – with speeds as high as 110 miles per hour. 

At one point, the suspect turned west and drove through a barbed-wire fence, hitting a motorcyclist. 

Officers found Lowell and Schlaefli a short time later. Police say they were trying to carjack another vehicle, but were taken into custody before that. 

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