Driver transporting displaced New Mexico family in rental truck arrested
Family members, including children, were riding in the back of the truck
A citizen traffic complaint about a family being transported in the back of a rental truck prompted the arrest of a Salem man Monday morning.
Prineville police received a report shortly before 8:30 a.m. that an adult male was transporting a family in a Budget Rental truck, with several family members, including children, riding in the back of the vehicle.
Sgt. James Peterson and Officer Kathryn Bottoms stopped the vehicle at the Erickson's Thriftway parking lot and made contact with the driver, 21-year-old Salem resident Guadalupe Gabino Sanchez-Alden.
Police found two children riding in the cab of the vehicle, while three adults and four more children were in the back, which was half-filled with clothing, blankets and other belongings. Authorities learned that the family had been displaced from their New Mexico home and were consequently headed to Washington.
Family members waited inside the store where they spoke to police and explained their situation. Meanwhile, authorities learned that Sanchez-Alden had an outstanding Marion County felony warrant and faced a recent charge of failing to register as a sex offender within 10 days of a change of residence. He was arrested for those offenses and lodged in Crook County Jail.
Prineville police contacted the Department of Human Services, and the agency is assisting the nine family members as they continue on to Washington. No other charges related to the incident have been filed.