Yavapai County deputy spots man on I-17 wanted for California teen's kidnapping

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Officials with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office say one of its deputies put himself on the median of I-17 to help DPS in locating a car involved in an alleged kidnapping incident.

According to a statement, the incident happened Sunday night, near milepost 252 on I-17. The deputy used a spotlight to light up the car's license plate, which was issued in Kentucky. While the car's description did not match those given out in a police radio broadcast, the deputy, who was not identified, noted it was unusual to see a Kentucky plated car at that time of the night on I-17. A short time later, the deputy heard an update as to a possible location for the kidnapping suspect, based on cell phone information, and realized that the Kentucky-plated car he just saw was likely in the target area. The car was eventually stopped, and the suspect was arrested.

The suspect, identified by YCSO officials as 49-year-old Carlie Bentley from Kentucky, is being held without bond at the Camp Verde Detention Center. Meanwhile, the kidnapping investigation is being handled by San Diego Police Department and the FBI, and the teen victim has been taken into protective custody.