An Immokalee man wanted in a 2005 fatal hit-and-run was arrested Sunday after Collier County sheriff’s 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 at 115 N. Second St. in Immokalee found Sinar Roblero Escalante, 37, asleep inside a 1994 purple Lincoln Town Car around 2:30 a.m., according to an arrest report.
Deputies 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, reports said. 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 he had a warrant for leaving the scene of a crash that killed Macario Ramirez, 25, in September 2005.
According to the warrant and reports from the time, Ramirez, of East Naples, was having car trouble and pulled his pickup truck to the side of the road in the 11500 block of Six L’s Farm Road. He called his wife, who came to help and parked her car next to his.
While Ramirez was working in between the two cars, another driver struck Ramirez’s pickup, crushing him between the truck and his wife’s car. The driver got out of the car and ran from the scene.
A warrant for Escalante’s arrest was issued in February 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.
As of Monday, Escalante, whose exact address in Immokalee was not released, remained at the Naples Jail Center in lieu of bonds totaling $60,000.