Oklahoma City man accused of child endangerment, DUI

Jesus Manuel Salazar Jr., 25, was arrested Friday on complaints of child endangerment and driving under the influence of drugs.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: November 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm •  Published: November 12, 2013

An Oklahoma City man accused of driving under the influence of drugs was taken into custody after police officers heard children screaming and crying in the man's car, authorities said.

Jesus Manuel Salazar Jr., 25, was arrested Friday night on complaints of child endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a state driver's license and straddling lane lines.

An officer pulled Salazar's vehicle over about 8:50 p.m. on Broadway Extension, north of the Kilpatrick Turnpike, according to an incident report.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he heard children inside screaming and crying. The officer told the driver to roll down his window and to take his hands out of his pockets, according to the report.

After not obeying the officer's commands, the driver got out of the vehicle. The driver was unsteady on his feet, had a staggered gait and his speech was slowed and slurred, according to the report.

Another officer said Salazar's behavior was consistent with being under the influence of a narcotic analgesic. The driver refused a sobriety test and was taken into custody by police.

Salazar's three children were placed in the care of Salazar's father, according to the report.

Salazar was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and his bail was set at $12,000, a jail official said Tuesday.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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