Photo: Alexis Salazar and his damage
It was 2:45AM on December 31, 2020 when a Fresno County Deputy attempted a traffic stop near First and Shields. Instead of stopping, the car accelerated, initiating a pursuit.
During the chase, the driver of the fleeing vehicle made a U-turn and intentionally crashed in to the driver side rear quarter panel of the deputy’s car.
The pursuit was continued by another deputy who ended the chase near Angus, north of Simpson, by using his patrol car to disable the fleeing vehicle.
After his vehicle was disabled, the driver, later identified as 23-year old Alexis Salazar, did not surrender quietly. Several deputies were needed to place the resisting Salazar in handcuffs.
For these violations – auto theft, assault on an officer with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with violence, evading police, reckless driving, and possession of stolen property.
Salazar was booked into the Fresno County Jail with bail set at $392,500. This being the sixth time he has been arrested for various charges since October 23 rd , Salazar is described as a prolific auto thief.
Photos from the FCSO