Crime

Police arrest man who allegedly intentionally drove into a pedestrian in Morro Bay

Adrian Scott Salais, 31, was arrested Wednesday, July 21, 2010, on suspicion of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and felony auto theft. Original story »
Plea: Not guilty to all charges. What's next: Sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Adrian Scott Salais, 31, was arrested Wednesday, July 21, 2010, on suspicion of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and felony auto theft. Original story » Plea: Not guilty to all charges. What's next: Sentenced to 30 days in jail.

A man wanted by Morro Bay police was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder today after someone called the CHP to say that they recognized the man on a bus heading to San Luis Obispo from Morro Bay.

CHP officers, with assistance from the county Sheriff’s Department and the San Luis Obispo Police Department, stopped the bus at 8:05 a.m. and arrested Adrian Scott Salais, 31, police said Wednesday.

Salais was taken to the Morro Bay Police Department, where he was interviewed. He was then taken to County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $500,000 bail.

In addition to attempted murder, Salais is also accused of first-degree burglary and felony auto theft.

A second person who was with Salais was also detained for questioning.

Police said Salais intentionally struck a pedestrian with his pickup early Tuesday morning. The alleged attempted murder was reported at 6:51 a.m. in the 2800 block of Alder Avenue. When officers arrived, they determined the incident was not a traffic collision, but an intentional act.

Witnesses told police they saw the driver “direct the vehicle in an attempt to intentionally run over the victim,” said Morro Bay Police Chief Tim Olivas.

The vehicle that Salais was driving at the time of the incident, a silver and gold GMC pickup with no license plates, has not been located.

Officers said the vehicle may have been stolen in a residential burglary reported on Friday, in which a handgun was also taken. The handgun has also not been located, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with serious injuries. Olivas said his name would not be released because of the ongoing investigation.

Original story:

Morro Bay police are searching for a man they say intentionally struck a pedestrian with his pickup early this morning.

Officers said Adrian Scott Salais, 31, may be armed with a handgun taken in a residential burglary reported on Friday. Police said Salais may be a transient; he was last known to be living in San Luis Obispo.

The alleged attempted murder was reported at 6:51 a.m. in the 2800 block of Alder Avenue. When officers arrived, they determined the incident was not a traffic collision, but an intentional act.

Witnesses told police they saw the driver “direct the vehicle in an attempt to intentionally run over the victim,” said Morro Bay Police Chief Tim Olivas.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with serious injuries. Olivas said his name would not be released because of the ongoing investigation.

Salais drove away from the scene in a vehicle described as a silver and gold GMC pickup with no license plates. Officers said the vehicle may have also been stolen in the residential burglary.

Anyone with information about Salais’ whereabouts can call police at 772-6225 or Crime Stoppers at 549-7867.

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