Man shot by Salinas police after wild chase pleads not guilty

Suspect high on meth during Salinas of

SALINAS, Calif. -

UPDATE 6/19/2017 2:15 p.m.: Darryl Haley, the man accused of leading Salinas police officers on a high speed chase through the city on June 13, has pleaded not guilty to 15 counts. 

Haley made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. Some of the charges he's facing include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, evading a peace officer and felony vehicle theft.

Police say Haley was high on meth during the chase which ended in an officer-involved shooting. He was shot four times and was released from the hospital on June 15. He was booked into the Monterey County jail that same day. 

Two Salinas police officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. 

Haley's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 30th. 

UPDATE 6/15/2017 4:19 p.m. Suspect Darryl Haley has been transferred from the hospital to Monterey County jail. 

Haley was high on meth when he led Salinas Police on a high speed chase through the city which ended in an officer-involved shooting. 

The District Attorney said even though Haley is under arrest they are still determining which charges to file against him. 


 6/14/17 6:09 p.m.: Weaving in and out of traffic and squeezing in between cars, in a stolen vehicle, suspect Darryl Haley led Salinas police on a chase around town Tuesday.

"I just saw the silver Honda, it looked like a Honda, just come in on the opposite side of traffic and it wasn't stopping, and it was just causing a bunch of accidents everywhere," said a witness, who would only give her fist name, Queen.

The pursuit was called off for safety reasons.

When the car was spotted again at Northridge Mall, officers went to stop the driver.

In response, Haley tried to back his car into a commander. That's when an officer fired.

A second officer-involved shooting happened on Davis Road. The suspect first drove in the wrong direction before trying to back his car into an officer.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said Haley was high on meth. He then drove down a steep embankment, trying to escape.

"There was a long foot pursuit that occurred after he had been shot. He ran. And this occurred at Davis and Market in that area. He ran a long distance. No weapon's been recovered, other than his vehicle,” said chief assistant D.A Berkeley Brannon.

Officers eventually caught Haley. He was shot four times and is now being treated at a hospital. 

Brannon said Haley has not been placed under arrest and the investigation is ongoing.

Both officers involved in the shootings have been put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

UPDATE 6/14/17 11:27 a.m.: According to Natividad Medical Center, suspect Darryl Haley, 38, was high on meth during Tuesday's officer-involved shooting incident in North Salinas.

KION is speaking with the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for more information. 

UPDATE 6/14/2017 10:00 a.m.: According to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, the suspect in Tuesday's officer-involved shooting is 38-year-old Darryl Haley. 

Haley is still sedated in a hospital and is being watched by guards. He was shot by Salinas police four times. Haley sustained gunshot wounds to his back, his shoulder, and finger and suffered a hand wound. 

The D.A.'s office told KION Haley has not yet spoken with investigators but he has a long criminal past.

UPDATED 6/14/2017 9:22 a.m.: Salinas Police Chief Adele Frese said there were two officer-involved shootings Tuesday afternoon.

Frese said the shootings started around 2 p.m. in South Salinas when a driver was spotted in a stolen car and officers tried to chase him, but had to call off the pursuit for safety reasons.
The car was later spotted at Northridge Mall and an officer tried to engage him there.

Police said the driver tried to back up his car into the police commander on North Main Street and Laurel Drive and the officer fired at the suspect.

The suspect then took off on Laurel westbound to Davis and then southbound on Davis. Eventually, the driver ended up going the wrong way on Davis, striking several cars and tried to back up his car into another officer, according to Frese. One of the crashes brought the suspect to a temporary halt.

During the chase, one driver said the suspect hit his vehicle: "It was just really fast, I just can't believe how fast I went from, 'yeah I see a police car going by,' to 'we're in the middle of a crime' in just seconds."

When officers tried to intervene, the driver again attempted to back into them and an officer fired his gun. The suspect drove down a steep embankment on David Road and then took off on foot.

He was arrested between Davis Road and Victor Way and taken to a hospital.
The driver is currently in custody at a hospital. Police said the officers involved are doing fine.

UPDATE 6/13/2017 4:54 p.m.: The Monterey County District Attorney's Office and the Salinas Police Department are investigating an officer-involved shooting. 

Police said shots were fired during a high speed chase in North Salinas ending near North Davis and West Rossi. 

Two of our reporters were on scene when shots were fired. 


Salinas police are trying to arrest a suspect after a pursuit Tuesday afternoon in North Salinas. 

Officers were involved in a car chase with a man suspected of driving a stolen Toyota Corolla. 

There is heavy police presence on North Davis Road and West Rossi Street and one lane is shut down to traffic.

KION has a crew on scene and reports hearing gun shots near North Davis and Rossi. 

A witness told reporters a bullet hit his car. 

We will have more information as details become available. 

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