Weatherford Democrat

July 19, 2013

Two arrests made following pursuit

Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

Parker County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Wednesday night following a vehicle pursuit that stemmed from an attempted traffic stop.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident began in the Western Lake Estates area just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

A sheriff’s deputy reportedly observed a white Oldsmobile Alero fail to stop at a designated stop sign at the intersection of Longhorn Trail and Horseshoe Drive.

The deputy activated the lights and sirens on his patrol unit. The driver of the Oldsmobile accelerated in an attempt to flee from the deputy, traveling south on Pioneer Drive.

A sheriff’s report indicates the driver turned, heading east on Tumbleweed Drive, where the vehicle stopped briefly, but quickly accelerated and turned south onto Horseshoe Drive, then westbound on Rifle Road.

During the pursuit, the suspect driver reached speeds of 60-80 mph while traveling on residential streets. The driver crashed the vehicle into a tree located near the intersection of Rifle Road and Lakeview Trail, where three males jumped from the passenger window of the vehicle and fled on foot away from deputies, into a wooded area.

Deputies observed one suspect to be possibly carrying a handgun, who ignored the deputies’ commands to drop the weapon.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered one of the suspects’ identification inside the vehicle, matching the suspect’s visual description.

Assisting sheriff’s deputies reported two subjects matching the description of the suspects were located at a residence in the 100 block of Tumbleweed Drive. They allegedly refused to exit the home upon numerous commands from deputies.

Sheriff’s deputies eventually convinced the suspects into surrendering. Both men claimed to be passengers of the vehicle and refused to identify the driver. Two adult female residents and two children were located unharmed inside the residence.

Both men were booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with evading arrest detention.

They were identified as Marco Oslando Guerra, 27, and Miguel Angel Salazar, 19, both of Weatherford. Guerra was charged with evading detention and remain in jail Thursday evening under a $3,000 bond. Salazar was also charged with evading detention and remained Thursday in jail under a $2,500 bond.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the residence and surrounding area but did not locate the third suspect. The vehicle was impounded.

The 18-year-old owner of the Oldsmobile reported it stolen to Weatherford police. He said it was stolen from a store’s parking lot in the 1800 block of South Main Street. However, he later admitted he falsely reported it stolen in an attempt to cover for his friends, who he said he let borrow the car.

The case is ongoing and will be filed with the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.