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APS worker rescues missing man found west of Tonopah

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TONOPAH, Ariz. -

A 77 year-old man is in the hospital recovering after he was found yesterday morning after spending four days in his car.

Authorities say Don Fieretag left his house in Chandler and was on his way to visit a friend in Arizona City but ended up west of Tonopah on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere.

Luckily an APS worker was doing an annual check of the power lines and found him, this is what he had to say.

"His car was stuck in a very remote area on an un-maintained road high centered spun out, I pulled up and kind of hollered out I didn't see anybody at first so I pulled up a little farther and saw somebody sitting in the drivers seat," said Robert Cumbie with APS.

Cumbie described the condition of the man when he found him, "he was in good sprits he said he had been there for four days and he said he would holler out and nobody would answer."

"I'm just glad I was able to run across him just very fortunate for him that somebody stumbled upon him," Cumbie said.

APS says they only check that power line once a year and yesterday was that day for the inspection.

Donald Fieretag's car had run out of gas and the battery was dead, the 77 year-old has to use a walker to get around so he couldn't leave the car. Cumbie says that the nearest house or structure was about 10 miles away.

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