Yesterday morning, from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the westbound lanes of the 4100 block of West Houston Harte. A total of twenty (20) citations and one (1) warning were issued. The highest speed recorded was 94 MPH.
Just before 8:00 a.m., the Traffic Section conducted a “Passing School Bus” Traffic Enforcement Operation along routes for Fannin Elementary and Lincoln Junior High. Officers rode on the bus during the route. Only one (1) violation was observed along the routes. A citation was issued.
In the afternoon, Officers resumed their traffic enforcement operation along bus routes for Lamar Elementary and Glenn Middle School. Officers rode on the bus during the route. Only one (1) violation was observed along the routes. A citation was issued.
The San Angelo Police Department wants to remind our citizens about the state’s school bus law. More than a million children and teens depend on buses to get them safely to and from the more than 9,000 Texas schools every day. They also depend on motorists to know the law and drive safely around school buses.
Texas School Bus Law
- Stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you're headed.
- Continue your trip once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing or the bus driver signals it's okay to pass.
- Violations can lead to a $1,000 fine.
Safety Tips for Motorists
- Obey the posted speed limit.
- Fines double in school zones.
- Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
- Watch for children who might dart across the street to catch the bus.
On Wednesday evening, December 12, 2018, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division located the suspect of a narcotics trafficking investigation inside a white Ford F350 in the 2000 block of N. Bryant Boulevard.
Street Crimes Investigators attempted to detain the suspect, 52-year-old Jose Torres, however, Torres fled the detention and struck and damaged a San Angelo Police Department vehicle during his escape. Torres, who fled the scene with his truck lights off, eventually eluded the pursuing Officers.
During the search for Torres, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call from a subject who said Torres was at a nearby Walmart — claiming that his truck had been stolen. Torres was located and interviewed and his claim was debunked.
Torres was arrested for Aggravated Assault Against Public Servant and Evading Arrest Detention but his Ford F350 was not located.
Thursday morning, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a report from someone who located a suspicious truck that was parked on private property in the 1400 block of Farr Street. Street Crimes Investigators responded and determined the vehicle was the truck that Torres had been driving when he struck the Police vehicle and fled the Officers. Investigators also located approximately one (1) pound of suspected methamphetamine.
Torres is being held at the Tom Green County Jail in lieu of $160,000 Bond and he is facing additional charges pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
December 13, 2018 — The San Angelo Police Department, in conjunction with the San Angelo Fire Marshal’s Office, are investigating an email message received by individuals at the Cactus Hotel.
The email message references the detonation of an explosive device(s) unless the email recipient(s) transfer a sum of money to the sender.
In an abundance of caution, Public Safety Officials are conducting security sweeps and evacuating the building.
Thus far, this message does not appear to be authentic or a legitimate threat and the email(s) resemble a robo-email message that has been circulating throughout the country in an attempt to scam businesses out of money. Even though this email threat appears to be a hoax, our agencies take every threat seriously and we will continue to investigate.
Agency Officials are asking members of the public to avoid the area surrounding the Cactus Hotel for the public’s safety as well as to ensure access to emergency vehicles and personnel.
As always, San Angelo Public Safety Officials want to remind our citizens to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.
A 25-year-old San Angelo man who fled a crash scene and tried to hide from police on the roof of a local convenience store late Tuesday night has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
San Angelo Police responded to a hit and run crash involving a light pole in the 5500 block of Sherwood Way around 10:30 p.m. last night. While en route, other Officers learned a witness was following the suspect vehicle.
Officers were directed to the Stripes convenience store at 7410 Knickerbocker Road where they observed the suspect’s vehicle, a 2011 Ford Pickup, in the parking lot. It was then that the Officers were directed to the back of the building where the suspect was observed climbing to the store’s rooftop.
The suspect, later identified as Andrew East, was eventually taken into custody without further incident.
Subsequent to the follow-up investigation, East was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. East received a citation for Fail to Stop and Leave Information-Duty upon Striking Structure/Fixture/Highway Landscaping.
Cody Salazar, 28 of San Angelo, has been arrested in connection with Friday night’s single-vehicle hit and run crash on Paint Rock Road.
After extensive follow-up investigation by members of the Department’s Traffic Section and Criminal Investigations Division, Salazar was developed as the possible suspect who abandoned his three seriously injured passengers after he crashed a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 into a tree in the 200 block of Paint Rock Road just before midnight on Friday, December 7, 2018.
Yesterday evening, Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Salazar for the charge of Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Salazar was located at a residence in the 100 block of North Monroe and was taken into custody without incident.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed Salazar was reportedly involved in a verbal altercation with parties in another vehicle at the Stripes Convenience store located at 1542 S. Bell Street just before the crash occurred and that during the altercation, Salazar was attempting to flee the parking lot in haste when he collided with a gas pump. Following that collision, Salazar fled westbound from the Stripes at a high rate of speed when the truck left the roadway and collided with the tree. The force of the collision caused the truck’s passenger side to peel away from the truck’s body.
Salazar’s passengers, a 30-year-old female who Police located inside the truck and two others, a 33-year-old female and a 36-year-old male who were ejected from the truck, were transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries. They are reportedly in stable condition.
Salazar was booked into the Tom Green County Jail for Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury, his Bond set at $50,000.