UPDATED: SAPD vehicle hit during pursuit, 19-year old arrested on various charges

UPDATE: San Angelo police responded to the Walmart SuperCenter, 5501 Sherwood Way, at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday on an assault call, according to an SAPD release. 

Dispatch was informed that a male subject had assaulted his girlfriend inside the store and the assault was observed by a store employee. While officers were responding to the call, it was learned another Walmart employee told the 17-year old female victim to get away from the male suspect. The suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the employee, according to the release.

The suspect and victim left the store in a black 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. As officers were arriving at the location, the Cruze was seen leaving the area. When officers tried to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed. Police continued to pursue the suspect east on Sherwood Way to the intersection of Sherwood Way and Garfield Street. At that time, the suspect attempted to turn north on Garfield and lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an occupied SAPD patrol vehicle that was parked in the Stripes parking lot. The officer was transported to Shannon Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.

At the hospital, it was determined the officer had not received any major injuries. He was treated and later released.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and was identified as 19-year-old David Salas. Salas was found to be in possession of marijuana and pills he did not have a prescription for during a search incident to his arrest.

The 17-year old victim of the assault was transported to Shannon where she was treated for her injuries.

Det. Matthew Hawthorne was contacted and responded to conduct an investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Salas was charged with possession of Marijuana, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 < 28 grams, Class A misdemeanor assault family violence, evading in a motor vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


ORIGINAL STORY: A San Angelo Police Department vehicle was struck by a suspect vehicle officers were pursuing from the scene of a call for assault family violence late Tuesday night.

SAPD Sgt. Travis Griffith issued a statement to media at the scene of the collision early Wednesday morning. Griffith said police were called to the scene in regards to an assault family violence in progress at approximately 11:25 p.m. at 5501 Sherwood Way. While en route, police were notified that weapons were possibly involved in the incident.

“We were advised that there was a handgun that was brandished during the assault.” Griffith said.

Units were given a description of the suspect vehicle, a black Chevrolet four-door, fleeing the scene at which time a traffic stop was attempted. At that time, Griffith said, a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

In the 2700 block of Sherwood Way, the vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a marked San Angelo Police car that appeared to be stopped, Griffith said. He said the investigation regarding the collision is ongoing.

After the collision, the suspect, a 19-year old man was taken into custody.

Griffith said the investigation of the two scenes was ongoing at the time of his statement to the media. Victim(s) at the scene were being interviewed.

He said the officer whose vehicle was hit was being treated and no further information was available. A request for further information has been sent to the SAPD’s public information office.

According to Tom Green County Jail booking records, 19-year old David Ray Salas was booked into the facility at 5:36 a.m. Wednesday by the San Angelo Police Department. Charges for Salas listed are possession of marijuana less than two ounces, evading arrest detention with vehicle, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault causes bodily injury family violence.