Local Briefs Nov. 18

PNT Staff Reports

Counterfeit bills in circulation

Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.
One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police to ask if counterfeit money has been a problem.
Berry said he contacted the district attorney’s investigator Monday and learned Clovis was having problems as well.
This time of year, scams and counterfeit money become problems, Berry said. He advised people to be aware of any bills that seem different.
Counterfeit bills may be cut incorrectly, feel different than normal, have incorrect printing or don’t contain the security tape normally inside $50 and $100 bills. Berry asked anyone who sees suspicious money to call the Portales Police at 356-4404.

Police pursue driver

Portales Police pursued a driver in a low-speed chase late Friday night, Capt. Lonnie Berry said.
The incident began when a woman called police, and said a motorist ran a stop sign and forced other vehicles off the road. Police pursued the motorist in question at speeds no faster than 20 or 25 miles per hour north from Elbe Street to just past the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, the Cannon Air Force Base Highway, Berry said.
With police following, the 64-year-old Roosevelt County man went through several intersections without stopping before police used a spike strip to blow out his tires.
The driver was able to answer questions but was dealing with medical issues, Berry said. The man was admitted to Roosevelt General Hospital.
The 64-year-old said he was going home, but the direction he was headed was inconsistent with going to his address southwest of Portales, Berry said.
The captain said police are trying to determine if the driver’s behavior was caused by medical issues or his conscious choice before they decide on the next step.
“We do know that his driving was such that he was definitely not safe to be out on the streets,” Berry said.
The man hasn’t been charged with a crime.