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Two arrested after short chase in downtown Hays

8/29/2013

By The Hays Daily News

Two Hays men were arrested early this morning after a high-speed chase in downtown Hays.

Manuel Torres, 30, and Javier Salcido, 24, are in custody in the Ellis County jail after allegedly running from officers at approximately 1 a.m.

Police were responding to a disturbance at the Golden Q, 809 Ash, when officers noticed a pickup leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

Officer Clayton Hill of the Hays Police Department followed in pursuit, which ended when Torres, the driver of the truck, stopped in the 100 block of East Fifth Street, and he and Salcido took off on foot.

Both men were apprehended immediately and taken into custody.

According to Brian Dawson, assistant chief of police, Torres has been charged with assault of a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, obstruction and driving without a license.

Charges against Salcido include obstruction.

A witness, viewing the scene from Stonepost Apartments at Fifth and Main, said she was reading a book on her porch when she heard screeching tires.

"I got up to look. By that time, the truck had stopped in the middle of the block. Two guys got out, broke a bottle, ran toward the parking lot. One guy seemed to run east on Fifth Street, and the other guy ran and came up my stairs," said Kathryn McEwan. "I ran in my house, shut my door, locked the door. I heard him bang on the door, and then I heard him run off."

McEwan said she was "terrified."

"I immediately put my daughter in the closet and grabbed a knife, just in case," she said. "That was probably one of the scariest things I have been through."

She complimented police for their quick action.

"They got them so quick," McEwan said. "They had them in cuffs in under 30 minutes and were questioning them."