Gordon Garland

Gordon Garland is charged with first degree kidnapping, plus other felonies.

A man from Hobbs, NM is jailed after investigators say he beat and tried to kidnap his girlfriend Monday.

An off-duty Lea County deputy saw Gordon Garland driving erratically on Millen Drive and said he saw a woman yelling and waving her hands out of Garland's pickup.

The woman was able to escape the truck at a red light, but the Chief Deputy reports he had to chase the pickup into a pasture near Lovington highway, then through several other roads while swerving through traffic.

The deputy had to call off the chase due to the danger, but witnesses pointed him toward Garland walking away. Whent he deputy confronted him, he reports Garland refused to comply, so he used his taser to get him into handcuffs.

Investigators said the victim had injuries to her mouth, face, arms, hands and feet and told detectives Garland had elbowed her several times while he was driving. She said he threw her out the truck at one point, then demanded she get back inside or he would kill her.

Garland now faces a first degree kidnapping charge, plus other felonies, which could land him in prison for up to 18 years if he is convicted.