LIHUE — Michelle Salvas and Cory Sarmiento, both 38, formerly of Lihue, were each sentenced to serve prison terms for their involvement in a July 2012 incident, in which they led police on a chase through the back roads of Wailua, rammed a Kauai Police Department vehicle, and were found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Following years of protracted litigation, the couple was convicted by a Fifth Circuit jury following a trial in July 2017 of multiple felony drug charges as well as resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle.
While they were pending sentencing, Salvas and Sarmiento apparently fled to the mainland. They were eventually apprehended in Washington and extradited back to Kauai.
Salvas was sentenced on Feb. 1 to serve concurrent five-year prison terms for two charges of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree.
Sarmiento was sentenced Thursday to serve concurrent five-year prison terms for two charges of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree and a consecutive one-year sentence for the resisting order to stop a motor vehicle charge.
Salvas and Sarmiento each also face felony bail jumping charges. Those cases are set for trial later this year.
Salvas was represented at trial by Dan Hempey, Esq. and Sarmiento was represented by Myles Breiner, Esq. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tim Tate tried the case and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sean Van Demark represented the State at sentencing. The case was investigated by the KPD Vice/Narcotics unit.