A Weld judge has scheduled a hearing to potentially appoint a new defense attorney in the case against a 38-year-old man accused of driving a stolen tow truck and crashing into the Greeley Police Department.
Rudy Salazar of Hill-N-Park appeared Wednesday morning at the Weld County Jail for a hearing before Judge Timothy Kerns. Salazar’s public defender Molly Talbert said her client has requested a hearing to discuss the appointment of a new attorney.
Kerns scheduled the matter for July 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Weld District Court.
Salazar faces nine counts, including five counts of attempted first-degree assault and one count each of grand theft auto, criminal mischief, violation of probation and driving under the influence of alcohol.
His case dates back to June 2021, when officials from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report showing Salazar driving a stolen tow truck. Shortly thereafter, dispatchers received multiple calls about a tow truck hitting objects and aiming at other vehicles as it drove into Greeley.
Salazar hit four vehicles before reaching his final destination, the Greeley Police Department, where police records say he deliberately aimed at the front gate before ramming the truck into the control panel. The truck was paralyzed by the impact.
One person who was hit by the Spree was hospitalized with minor injuries. A witness was recorded as saying Salazar “had a smile on his face” as he crashed the truck into vehicles. Another person said his actions were “obviously intentional.”
Police believed he was under the influence of methamphetamine during the incident.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Salazar raised the possibility of a bail reduction. Kerns responded that he might consider reducing the bond after the July hearing, but the bond will remain the same for now.
Kerns also said Salazar, who has repeatedly argued for a reduction, that he had previously reached out to Bond on numerous occasions.
In January, Salazar requested that his $100,000 bail be reduced after the Bridges program indicated he required domestic violence and mental health treatment. He told the court he volunteered to go to North Range Behavioral Health for treatment and he learned from his history.
Kern’s governing bond should not be changed because of the fees in the case. At the time, Salazar had not hired an attorney, so Kerns agreed to keep the Bond status open.
Since then, Kerns reduced Salazar’s bail to $75,000 on Jan. 26 and allowed him to participate in community service while he was incarcerated, but the attempt was “unsuccessful and ineffective,” Kerns said Wednesday.
According to online court filings, Salazar’s bail increased back to $200,000 on March 11.
Kerns pointed out that if the bail is lowered, there are still acute safety issues in the community in the case.
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