Man Involved in Fourth of July Six-Car Wreck Leads Lengthy Criminal Record

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One woman remains in the hospital after Monday night’s six-crash on I-27 north and is left with potentially “life-altering” conditions.The man who police say is responsible for the accident, Eloy Salas Jr., 30, leads a lengthy criminal track record. 

You can read the initial report on the accident here. Salas tried to flee the scene of the accident, but was soon apprehended by K-9 unit. Officials say at the time of his arrest, Salas was wearing an ankle monitor. I

It wasn’t his first brush with the law, nor his second, or third, but hopefully his last. 

For more than a decade, Salas has been involved in several crimes ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, endangering a child, to evading arrest. He has done time in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) on three charges: 

– Two counts of assault family violence. He was sentenced to eight years in March 2009 and paroled Sept. 2011.

– An assault of bodily injury, where he was sentenced to four years on March 2012, and he was released on mandatory supervision in December 2015. 

“When you look at that kind of history when you look at the conduct he’s engaged in it really becomes quite frustrating,” said LPD Chief of Police Greg Stevens. “And I can tell you the police officers out there are doing their best to address that circumstance, and to try and take people like that off the streets, put him into jail.”
 

Chief Stevens says his goal is to see Salas’ criminal streak stop here, and anticipates he will behind bars longer after this accident. He calls Salas a “a menace to everyday life.” 

This case currently remains under investigation. On Tuesday morning a crash investigation will shut down the portion of I-27 where the accident took place for a follow-up crash investigation. At 9:30 a.m.., all northbound traffic from 19th street to Marsha Sharp Freeway will be diverted to the service road. The closure should last approximately three hours. 

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