A trucker was flown to a Phoenix trauma center after his rig collided with a second semi on Copper Canyon Wednesday morning. One 18-wheeler was parked on the shoulder of the Interstate 17 roadway while the driver slept in the cab. The second truck struck the back left side of the trailer with the right side of the cab. Camp Verde Fire Crews reported the cab was severely damaged and the driver was in critical condition when taken to John C. Lincoln North Mountain. The accident ruptured a fuel tank, spilling diesel and closed one lane of the roadway.
Off for T-day?
An inmate at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde sought as an escapee after failing to return from his work release Tuesday was apprehended at his Camp Verde home Wednesday.
Marcos Antonio Sanchez-Villalobos, 35, of Camp Verde, was jailed Oct. 9 for a six-month sentence on alcohol-related charges.
On Tuesday, he was released from the Camp Verde jail to go out for work release. When he did not return as required, a felony warrant for escape was issued.
Additional charges on Sanchez-Villalobos are pending.
Yavapai County Sheriff's detectives have solved a burglary from last week.
The weekend of Nov. 12, a construction site was burglarized on Hombre Drive in Verde Village. Several expensive construction tools were taken including nail guns and power saws from a storage shed. The dollar loss for the stolen items is estimated at $5,000.
Sheriff's detectives suspected Joshua Ray Hamen, 20, of Cottonwood in the crime and a search warrant was served Saturday at Hamen home on South Verde Drive. Several of the stolen power tools were found inside the house.
Joshua was not located but police interviewed Donnie Allen Hamen, Joshua's 23-year old bother. It was determined that Donnie Hamen purchased some of the items from his brother, knowing they were stolen, according to police. Donnie Hamen was booked on charges of possession and trafficking in stolen property.
Tuesday, Joshua Hamen met with detectives in Camp Verde and admitted to committing the burglary at the construction site. He was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and trafficking stolen property.
Bridgeport man flees deputy
A traffic stop Tuesday night in Bridgeport became a pursuit. A Sheriff's deputy, patrolling on Zalesky Road, attempted to pull over a vehicle driven by James Robert Foster Jr., 37. Foster pulled over on Highway 89A at Oasis Drive, but when the deputy got out of his car to approach, Foster suddenly accelerated back onto 89A.
The deputy followed Foster with lights and sirens at 62 mph, until he turned onto Zalesky Road where a school bus with children was waiting at the intersection. The deputy notified dispatch he was shutting down the chase due to the children but he continued to follow Foster at a slower speed until he finally turned into a driveway on Meadow Lane. Foster was apprehended and despite a physical struggle, was handcuffed and secured. In the vehicle, the deputy found a small bindle of methamphetamine, a glass meth pipe as well as a home made marijuana bong with residue.
Already wanted on a felony warrant for probation violation, Foster was also charged with felony flight, possession of dangerous drugs, paraphernalia and aggravated DUI/Drugs.
It's in the driver's side door
A Camp Verde man who was known to be driving on a revoked license was pulled over at a driveway on 3rd Street Monday night.
Andrew Sloan, 42, admitted that he was driving on a revoked license and allegedly admitted having "meth in the driver's door pocket." But there was more.
In the pocket was a baggie of crystals thought to be methamphetamine. Officers also found an orange pill and a green pill and a leafy substance thought to be marijuana.
Sloan identified the orange pill as Darvocett for which he had a prescription. The green one was morphine, but he had no prescription for that.
Sloan was charged with possession of dangerous drugs and marijuana and driving on a revoked license.