McClimans told the AP that authorities believe Huerta had been living in Canada for at least a year. He was using his real name prior to his arrest.
The Arizona Republic reported that Huerta pleaded guilty March 23, 2003, to negligent homicide in connection with a deadly crash the year before. He was driving a car in Chandler at 1:20 a.m. March 9, 2002, when he smashed the vehicle into an electrical box at an intersection. The car burst into flames and both Huerta, then 19, and his female passenger suffered severe burns.
Huerta’s blood alcohol concentration that morning was 0.165, more than twice the legal limit for drunken driving.
Though Huerta recovered from his injuries, his passenger, who was also 19, died nearly two months later, according to CBS 5 in Phoenix. Court records show a criminal case was filed against Huerta that October.
Following Huerta's guilty plea to negligent homicide, sentencing was scheduled for April 29, 2003. He never showed up in court, the CBS affiliate reported.
The AP reported that a Maricopa County Attorney's Office official said Huerta has so far been booked only on the outstanding homicide warrant. Additional charges may be added after a review by prosecutors.