- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man who led authorities on recent stolen vehicle chases in east Albuquerque and near Tijeras has escaped from a hospital and fled in a stolen van.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says Jason Smith escaped from University of New Mexico Hospital around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

After allegedly stealing a van near the hospital, police chased Smith for a short time before calling off the pursuit.

The van later was found by police near Milne Stadium.

Sheriff’s officials say Smith fled the van still wearing his hospital gown.

He was arrested and hospitalized Dec. 10 after fleeing from deputies for the second time in two days.

Authorities say Smith is facing charges of aggravated fleeing, aggravated battery and assault on a peace officer and receiving a stolen vehicle.



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