Driver who hit Boyle Heights pedestrian during CHP chase sentenced to 19 years in prison

Boyle Heights  — A man who was fleeing CHP officers when he struck a Boyle Heights pedestrian pushing a shopping cart was sentenced today to 19 years in state prison, said the L.A. County District Attorney.

Moises Anthony Salais, 31,  pleaded guilty to one felony count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle causing serious bodily injury. He also admitted allegations of a prior felony conviction in 2013 of assault with a firearm as part of the negotiated plea agreement.

Salais was driving a vehicle on Feb. 20 when California Highway Patrol officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop off the 60 Freeway at Indiana and Third streets in East Los Angeles.

Salais fled the scene, striking a pedestrian at Velasco and Second streets in Boyle Heights and then hitting a parked vehicle a block away, the prosecutor said. Salais exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

The pedestrian suffered broken ribs in the collision.

KTLA reports that Salais was driving a Chevy Suburban. He was able to avoid capture the night of the chase and crash but later turned himself in at the L.A. County Sheriff’s station in Temple City.

Judge David R. Fields on Tuesday sentenced Salais, who is being held on $1.1 million bail, to prison. A restitution hearing is scheduled for June 13 in Department 32.

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