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Omar Munoz Arrested For DUI And Hit-and-Run After Fleeing Crash Late Sunday In Salinas

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A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and other offenses after fleeing from a crash in Salinas late Sunday night and then becoming violent when police officers tried to arrest him.

The crash was reported at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday at Independence and Nantucket Boulevards, according to police.

Omar Munoz allegedly ran a stop sign in his 1987 Chevrolet truck traveling north on Independence and clipped a 2014 Chevy Silverado that was about to enter the intersection from Nantucket, police said.

The collision caused Munoz’s truck to overturn and strike two trees. Witnesses reported seeing Munoz run from the truck and flee in a creek bed nearby, according to police.

Officers eventually located Munoz at a relative’s home in the 700 block of Danbury Street. He had superficial injuries from the crash and was covered in mud from running in the creek, police said.

Munoz allegedly became violent when officers tried to arrest him, throwing one officer into a weightlifting set, causing minor abrasions. He was eventually taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, misdemeanor hit-and-run and threatening a police officer, according to police.

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