CASA GRANDE — A Casa Grande man is facing reckless driving charges after he allegedly failed to stop for a police officer’s lights and sirens because he was concerned that his child was missing.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Michael V. Salazar, 26, is charged with unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle and reckless driving.

At 9:49 p.m. on June 16, a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy waiting at a red light at Rodeo and Trekell roads saw a vehicle driving west on Rodeo Road allegedly run the red light at a high rate of speed. The vehicle, which was driven by Salazar, allegedly almost hit another vehicle that was traveling south on Trekell Road.

The officer turned on his lights and sirens and started to follow Salazar’s vehicle. Salazar allegedly failed to yield to the deputy and continued to drive at a high rate of speed west on Rodeo before running another red light at Rodeo and Pinal Avenue. The deputy clocked the vehicle at 90 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Salazar allegedly stopped his vehicle outside of a house in the 5700 block of North Fuchsia Street, where he was taken into custody. He told the deputy that he was aware of the patrol vehicle behind him but was rushing to get home because his child had been reported missing.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at