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One arrested in Tuesday crash, foot chase


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A Roswell man has pleaded not guilty to several criminal counts after he allegedly crashed a vehicle in a residential neighborhood and led police on a brief foot chase.

When he appeared in Chaves County Magistrate Court Wednesday, Casino Salazar, 19, pleaded not guilty to one count each of reckless driving; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; failure to give immediate notice of accidents; and failure to give information or render aid, according to court documents.

Judge E.J. Fouratt released Salazar on his own recognizance pending trial.

Court records state Salazar was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed over a bridge at the intersection of South Washington Avenue and West Summit Street at 2:50 a.m. when the vehicle he was driving flew into the air. It then landed and rolled across three front yards before coming to a halt.

When an officer in the area approached the vehicle, court documents state, the sound of movement could be heard coming from the driver’s side of the vehicle before a man in a red shirt was observed running from the scene and heading north on Washington Avenue.

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Despite commands from the officer to halt, Salazar allegedly refused to do so and headed west on Rancho Road before running north across a vacant lot and then through a river bed.

Proceeding east, Salazar then crossed Washington Avenue before stopping and throwing off some jewelry he was wearing. He was then taken into custody, and was later found to have no shoes on his feet and $4,330 in cash on his person.

According to court records, a breath test was later conducted on Salazar, who reportedly smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Test results showed that his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.

Police, while looking through the vehicle, allegedly found two handguns inside and a third in the front yard where the vehicle came to rest.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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