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Man flees, hides from law enforcement
Jul 5, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
A Spanish-speaking man reportedly fled from law enforcement Saturday after being pulled over on Wyoming Highway 789 in Hudson.
Officials said the man is in the country illegally.
His blue PT Cruiser was the subject of drunken driving report at about 4:35 p.m. Saturday. According to the reporting party, the southbound vehicle was "unable to maintain speed" and "swerving all over the road" on the highway south of Riverton.
Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers said they located the vehicle at the convenience store along the highway west of Hudson. The male driver reportedly had pulled to the side of the road and was outside of the car arguing with his female passenger.
"The trooper pulled up and tried to talk to them, but neither of them spoke English," WHP Lt. Tom Adams said Tuesday. "He did get close enough (to know) neither of them was intoxicated."
The trooper reportedly returned to his patrol car to request the assistance of a colleague who speaks Spanish.
"He was sitting in his car calling on the radio (when) the male ran off," Adams said. "He left the woman, a 7-year-old boy and his vehicle there."
Officials searched for the man for about an hour but were unable to locate him. Witnesses at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday said they saw a trooper searching the inside of the car. The witness said no driver or passengers appeared on scene at the time. Later, four WHP vehicles and one Fremont County sheriff's deputy vehicle arrived to assist in the search.
His vehicle was towed from the scene, and Adams said the woman and child involved were given a ride back to Riverton, where they apparently live.
"We have the vehicle, and we know who he was and that he is in the country illegally," Adams said. "We are just waiting for him to come try and get his car back."
Adams said several names were involved in the report, but he thinks the man in question was 49-year-old Domingo Toledo-Diego. The woman with him also is likely in the country illegally, Adams said.