Two Craig men held after car chase

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— Two Craig men were detained Saturday afternoon after a brief car chase in Hayden, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said.

One man was arrested after Hayden police received a complaint that a man was driving erratically on U.S. Highway 40. Police found the vehicle in Hayden. An officer waved at the driver and asked him to pull over, Birch said. The driver eluded the patrol car, he said, and the vehicle later was found in an alley.

The two subjects were at a nearby house, Birch said. The driver did not have a license or proof of insurance, Birch said, and the vehicle's license plates did not match with the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was called to assist and interviewed the men, Birch said. The agency placed a hold on the pair, he said.

The driver, 30-year-old Ramon Chavez-Mena, was charged with eluding police, driving without a license or proof of insurance and placing fictitious plates on a vehicle, Birch said. He was in custody at Routt County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon. Manuel Gabriel Valdez, 27, was detained by the immigration agency.

The investigation is ongoing, said Birch, who declined to provide further details.

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lettinuknow 6 years, 5 months ago

Not mentioned here was the endangered family that had to call 911 because these two were hidden near their home in Hayden. Good thing no one was harmed in the situation. How do you lose a car in Hayden!! Great police work!! I Have lived in Hayden 18 years and cannot understand this!

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id04sp 6 years, 5 months ago

The term "eluded" should probably have been replaced by "sped away from."

So where was it going to go? Steamboat? Craig? They found it, didn't they?

It sounds like the police used an appropriate response to the situation, since otherwise, it would have required attempting to gun them down as they drove away.

A family "had to call 911." Well, uh, ain't that what 911 is for? What did you want the police to do? Read minds? Use their X-ray vision?

Nobody was hurt, and the men are in custody. What's the problem other than a desire to dramatize the situation? I think the only thing anyone could have done differently in a real-world scenario would be to set up gates on each end of town and check licenses, registrations and proof of insurance for every car that comes through.

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OnTheBusGus 6 years, 5 months ago

When I lived in New Mexico the Albuquerque PD along with the sheriff office set up random road blocks to check for seatbelt use, insurance and proper registration. It seemed pretty effective in catching offenders. We should get a few checkpoints around here, might prove to nab more than a few offenders!!

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twostroketerror 6 years, 5 months ago

Gus, you'd have 1/2 the population in SS, OC & up 129 doing time for DUI!

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haydenrebel 6 years, 5 months ago

A few additional facts. The two lads first eluded the HPD by turning down an alley and parking their vehicle, with stolen out of state tags, in the back yard of one of Hayden's bravest citizens. They very cleverly walked around the house and sat on the porch like they lived there. The owner of the house then noticed the two and went out to talk to them. He came back in and told his wife to call 911 & they informed her that they were looking for the two. Our hero then went back outside & lured the two fugitives into the street where our police the apprehended them.

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OnTheBusGus 6 years, 5 months ago

twostroke, No joke!! Bicycles and buses would be REAL popular after that!

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lettinuknow 6 years, 5 months ago

Nice id04sp I guess if they were armed and ran into the house and shot the family inside you wouldn't have made any comment.

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