IMMOKALEE, Fla. - A Southwest Florida man accused in a 2005 fatal hit-and-run was arrested after deputies say they found him asleep in his car with a bag of cocaine on his lap.
Deputies responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle in Immokalee found Sinar Roblero Escalante, 37, asleep inside a 1994 Lincoln Town Car around 2:30 a.m. Reports said Escalante had a yellow bag of cocaine on his lap as he slept inside the vehicle, which had its interior lights and music on.
Escalante told deputies his name was Victor Escalante and showed them an ID card with that name on it. He was arrested and taken to the Immokalee Jail Center to face charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
While Escalante was getting a fingerprint scan at the jail, deputies learned there was a warrant naming him on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash in 2005. Sheriff’s Office reports said Escalante is accused of driving a 1986 Toyota Cressida that struck a Ford F150 pickup head-on.
Macario Ramirez, 25, who was in between the pickup and a 1991 Buick Regal, was crushed between the two cars upon impact and died in the collision.
A warrant for Escalante’s arrest was issued in February of 2006, but deputies were unable to find him until Sunday. During the investigation, there were reports that he had fled to Mexico, according to authorities.
Escalante, of an unknown address in Immokalee, faces an additional charge of giving false information to law enforcement.
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