CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Christian Salinas admits he had been drinking and did pull back from Cedar Park police before his arrest over a possible DWI. The early Thursday morning confrontation left him recovering in the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center with a smashed nose, facial contusions, and what appear to be Taser welts on his back.
“I remember being on the floor and still being hit with stuff like knees and Tasers,” said 21-year-old says.
Anna Salinas says her brother told her he had been drinking during a get-together with friends on Petaluma Street. Then he remembers driving his Saturn Aurora into a curb as he tried to leave. He and his friends were trying to push the car back into their driveway when police arrived around 2 a.m.
Anna got to the hospital a little before dawn Thursday and broke down. “I started bawling, his face was beat up, his arms were bruised and limp. I heard he was Tasered and not only that, they trying to say it was from a car wreck. He couldn’t have been going any faster than 10 or 15 miles an hour because he was in the cul-de-sac of a neighborhood.”
Anna Salinas says her brothers’ friends told her they were held back by officers while the police continued to beat Christian.
On the family videotape she asks him from his hospital bed if he is in pain. “You mean physical or emotional? Because I trusted the police and I can no longer,” he said.
Cedar Park police tell KXAN they believe the driver was intoxicated but would not say if Salinas resisted. They provided no further details citing that the case is under investigation for possible charges of DWI, interference with public duties and assaulting a public servant. The family has filed a complaint to get the police video of the incident.
“Why did they need six or eight officers on a 21 year old kid? I don’t understand,” Anna Salinas said.
According to Anna, nurses told her Christian will be well enough to go home Friday. But police reportedly told her he wouldn’t be going anywhere, because they were going to take him into custody.
Update: Police say Christian ran away when they tried to arrest him Friday. They also indicated he was combative at the time of his arrest Thursday. “Salinas interfered with the officer’s directions, was taken to the ground and became combative. While attempting to arrest Salinas, he then assaulted an assisting officer causing injury. Salinas was transported to Cedar Park Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation. Salinas was released from police custody pending warrants,” the department said in a statement.