A 28-year-old Lodi man who has been wanted by Modesto Police for more than a year on suspicion of trafficking two teenage girls was captured in Utah following a wild chase during which he attempted to escape by Uber.
Allen Anthony Elseth has been wanted since September 2016 on suspicion of the human trafficking, pimping and pandering of a 16-year-old girl and 17-year old girl. The first victim was trafficked for four months and the other for a month, both in Modesto and the Bay Area, before their family members found out and reported the crimes to the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office.
Late last month, Elseth and a female passenger were were involved in a fender bender on I-80 in Salt Lake City. When Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene they noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from Elseth's vehicle, according to the Deseret News.
Elseth and his passenger were detained and put in the back of a patrol vehicle but at some point Elseth told the trooper he needed to urinate.
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When he was let out of the car, Elseth ran across I-80, almost being hit by several vehicles, then climbed a barbed-wire fence into a nearby airport parking lot, according to the newspaper.
There, Elseth ordered an Uber. The driver of an SUV came to pick him up but as they were leaving the parking lot troopers stopped the vehicles and found Elseth lying in the backseat, according to the newspaper.
In a last ditch effort to escape, Elseth jumped on top of the Uber driver and put his foot on the accelerator, steering the vehicle through the parking lot while two troopers hung on from the outside. One of the troopers was able to get the keys out of the ignition and put the SUV in park, according to the Deseret News.
Elseth was finally taken into custody after being Tased.
He was extradited back to California and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on Oct. 11.
Elseth is charged with two counts of human trafficking, two counts of pimping a minor, two counts of pandering by procuring a minor, two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of furnishing marijuana to a minor.
He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 17.