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home : news : crime October 03, 2015

7/11/2014 9:55:00 AM
Man found "dazed" in his vehicle, arrested for DWI

On Thursday evening, Alice Officer Jesse Garza stopped in the area of Loma and Cameron streets after noticing a large group of people around a white car stopped at that intersection.

After exiting his vehicle, Garza was told by individuals in the group they believed the man driving the white Volkswagen was intoxicated as he had been parked at a stop sign for a while.

Garza instructed the driver of the car, later identified as Christopher Salinas, to place his hands on the steering wheel. Instead, he dropped his hands in his lap and removed his foot from the brake and rolled onto South Cameron Street. Another officer arrived to block Salinas' car.

He would not follow instructions so the officer reached into the car and secured it into a safe position. Salinas was unresponsive and could only say the word "I" to the officer, according to the report. He appeared lost "in a daze."

He was removed from the car, cuffed and placed in Garza's patrol unit. He smelled "sweet," as if he had been smoking synthetic marijuana, Garza wrote in his report.

Officer Marty Suarez conducted a search of the Volkswagen and found a burnt marijuana roach on the driver side floorboard which appeared to be synthetic marijuana.

Salians was then able to provide his identifying information. He told Officer Garza he had smoked "a little" bit of synthetic marijuana, according to the report.

Salinas was taken to the Alice hospital, where he consented to a blood draw. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into the county jail. His vehicle was towed.

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