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January 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Men in high-speed, road-rage crash held on bail

Two men accused in a high-speed, road-rage crash on Interstate 90 on Wednesday were ordered held on bail at the King County Jail on Friday.

Desi B. Beltran, 29, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million for investigation of first-degree assault, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and hit and run. Hugo Yanez, 31, was being held in lieu of $20,000 for investigation of reckless driving, reckless endangerment and hit and run.

One witness told the State Patrol that the two men were driving their SUVs as if they were “fighting” on the road, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed on Friday. The cars were swerving and dodging each other until both flipped over. No one, including a woman and a 2-year-old in Yanez’s vehicle, was seriously hurt.

Troopers said that after talking to the two men and the woman, they determined that Beltran knew the woman was inside Yanez’s vehicle.

Beltran said Yanez struck his Ford Explorer, but troopers believe Beltran used his vehicle to assault Yanez ”to produce great bodily harm” to the adults and child in Yanez’s SUV, according the State Patrol.

Several witnesses reported seeing a man, later identified as Yanez, climb out of the overturned Ford Freestyle and try to take off. He was later arrested by Bellevue police near his home; he was wanted on several unrelated warrants, the probable-cause affidavit said.

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