Sun. November 21, 2021
ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department arrested and charged Casino Salazar, 19, with driving homicide following a fatal crash Saturday night at Montgomery Blvd and Morris St. NE
Salazar was driving west at around 7 p.m. on Montgomery at high speed when his vehicle, a Chevrolet SUV, struck a silver GMC turning northbound on Morris St. NE The driver of the GMC was killed as a result of the ‘accident.
Salazar and four SUV passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries. Witnesses identified Salazar as the driver and said he appeared to be intoxicated. Officers located several containers of alcohol, several firearms and cannabis in the SUV.
Officers said they noticed Salazar’s eyes were watery, bloodshot and speech impaired when he spoke to officers at the hospital. Officers also noticed an alcohol smell coming from his breath. Salazar denied driving the vehicle, drinking alcohol or using drugs. He declined a field field sobriety test.
Salazar was held in the Metro detention center overnight. He is charged with Vehicle Homicide (DWI), Open Container, and Careless Use of a Firearm.
According to court records, Salazar was arrested on Tuesday, November 16, following a similar incident in Roswell. Police said Salazar was traveling at high speed, which resulted in a single car accident. Salazar fled the scene on foot but was captured after a pursuit. He has been charged with several crimes including DWI, resistance, evasion or obstruction of an officer. Police found over $ 4,300 in cash on Salazar and several guns.
Salazar was released from prison on several conditions, including not owning firearms, not possessing or consuming alcohol, not buying, selling, consuming or possessing illegal drugs, not leaving Chaves County and do not drive a motor vehicle while the matter is in progress.