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Chaparral man wanted on felony warrants arrested after barricading inside house

Update: Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Special Agents were working with the El Paso Police Department Auto Theft Task Force to find a person suspected of stealing a car in Northeast El Paso Tuesday. That is according to Texas DPS officials.

The car the suspect was allegedly driving, Courtesy: Texas DPS

When they found the suspect's car driving on McCombs Street, they tried to stop it, but the driver sped away. Officials say he went up to 100 MPH, and eventually crossed into New Mexico.

John Gallegos, Courtesy: Texas DPS

Officials say the driver, identified as 33-year-old Chaparral resident John Gallegos, intentionally rammed into unmarked police cars during the chase. Gallegos eventually stopped, jumped out of his car, and ran into a house on the 600 block of Mesilla View Drive. He barricaded himself inside, according to Texas DPS officials.

Courtesy: Texas DPS

Agents were able to get Gallegos out of the house and arrested him. Officials found that Gallegos had several felony warrants for his arrest out of El Paso County. They charged Gallegos with new counts, including evading arrest.

Update: The lockdown at Sunrise Elementary School is now over. ABC-7 is waiting for law enforcement agencies to identify the barricaded person.

CHAPARRAL, New Mexico (KVIA) -- Officials tell ABC-7 that a person is barricaded inside a house on Mesilla View Drive in Chaparral.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, Otero County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police, and Texas Department of Public Safety are all on scene.

Nearby Sunrise Elementary School is on lockdown.

ABC-7 has a crew at the scene. We will update this article as soon as we receive more information.

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