Man Accused of Killing 3 People in Drunk Driving Crash Arrested for Public Intox

FORT DODGE, Iowa - The man accused of killing three Cedar Rapids residents in a drunken driving crash is in custody again.

According to online court records, 39-year-old Raul Salazar, Jr. was arrested by the Fort Dodge Police Department on Thursday. He was charged with public intoxication and driving while revoked.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office said Salazar was drunk the night of Aug. 10 when he was driving his GMC truck, ran a stop sign on 16th Avenue and his a Chevrolet Impala that was eastbound on Highway 30. The crash killed Valerie Schneiders, 22, Jason Bessert, 24 and Haley Bessert, 3, all of Cedar Rapids.

According to court records, after Salazar's arrest, a $500,000 bench warrant – in addition to the $75,000 bond he previously posted – was filed. The Benton County Attorney's Office also applied for a modification to the conditions of Salazar's release.

In the event he's released from jail, Salazar will be ordered to wear a GPS device, which will be monitored by the Department of Correctional Services.

Salazar faces three counts of vehicular homicide, drunken driving and preventing apprehension in the Benton County fatality.
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