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Saliva charged with several felonies after running from deputies

Posted: Jan 28, 2018 3:17 PM Updated:

Jason Michael Saliva, 38, has been charged with several felonies after running from deputies in Vaughn.

According to court documents, Cascade County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a store in Vaughn for a report of a stolen vehicle on January 23. 

As the deputies were looking at the vehicle, a woman and then Saliva exited the store and were identified by employees as the occupants of the vehicle. 

The deputies asked Saliva to stop but he ran across Highway 89.

The documents state a Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden was in the area and saw Saliva running.

The warden chased him and caught him on the side of the highway.

While a deputy searched Saliva, he found a small metal and cylindrical container in his pocket. Inside the container was a baggy of what appeared to be methamphetamine. 

Cout documents continue that the warden observed Saliva throwing a prescription bottle as he ran.

The warden retrieved the bottle, which also contained a white substance that appeared to be meth.

Saliva admitted to deputies that he drove the stolen vehicle to the store but claimed he borrowed the car from a friend earlier that day.

Saliva also said he had a drug addiction but had found the meth on the floorboard of the vehicle.

After he was taken to the Cascade County Detention Center, a detention officer located a small baggy of Pregabalin pills in Saliva's pants pocket. 

Pregabalin is a Schedule V dangerous drug.

Saliva was charged with three felonies including theft (possession of stolen property) and two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for obstructing a peace officer or other public servant.

Saliva has an active case for criminal possession of dangerous drugs as well as prior bond revocation in 2017 and a contempt of court in Hill County in 2017. 

The state requested that bond be set at $10,000.

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