Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Steamboat Springs 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.