Man’s wild ride ends in trip to county jail

Road rage, DUI, kidnapping among numerous allegations

Police said they found a drunken kidnapper when they responded to reports Tuesday morning about an angry driver who was chasing women for miles on the road and yelling at them.

Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday the Grand Junction Police Department was notified of a hit-and-run accident. A half-hour later police were informed about a woman being chased by a car all the way to her home in Whitewater. Allegedly, after chasing the woman to
Whitewater, the man picked up a 14-year-old hitchhiker who was so spooked by the man that she jumped from his moving car. Shortly after that, the driver of the car was arrested, the Police Department said.

Juan Carlos Nunez, 25, of Clifton, was booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of harassment and stalking, false imprisonment, second-degree kidnapping, DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, no drivers license, no registration, failure to stop at a stop sign and other charges.

The morning’s events began at 7:27 a.m. A woman reported a gold Kia sedan ran through a chain-link fence in the 600 block of 26 Road, Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

The Kia followed the woman until she stopped at a business in the area of First Street and Patterson Road, where she ran inside seeking help, Porras said.

A half-hour later the Kia reappeared. The driver followed and harassed another woman driving in the area of 25 Road and Riverside Drive, Porras said. He followed the woman to Whitewater, where he got out of his car and shouted in Spanish at the woman before driving off, she said.

On his way back to Grand Junction the driver picked up a 14-year-old girl who was trying to hitchhike to Olathe. She accepted his offer for a ride, but when she realized the car was not heading the direction she wanted to go, she jumped “when the car slowed for a turn,” Porras said.

As the teen ran away, the car followed her. She ducked inside the nearest house, in the 100 block of B Road, and surprised the residents, Porras said.

“She was very lucky,” Porras said.

Alarmed at what had just transpired, the residents loaded the girl into a car, while the driver of the golden Kia sped away. He did not get far, though.

Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies tracked down the Kia near the intersection of 32 and B 1/2 roads. As law enforcement discussed the situation with the man, the 14-year-old girl he had just tried to kidnap pulled up, Porras said.

“We found out (about the kidnapping) because the people at the house brought her to the scene,” Porras said.


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