Former Midvale police sergeant under investigation again

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MIDVALE -- A former sergeant and spokesman for the Midvale Police Department lost his job after being involved in a highly-publicized crash while driving under the influence.

And now, he's in trouble again.

Former Sgt. John Salazar was charged with drunk driving after police say he crashed into several parked cars on Halloween night of last year. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and is on probation for that incident.

He also resigned from his position.

But now, there are some new allegations against him.

According to the Unified Police Department, last month one of their officers observed Salazar entering a liquor store in Holladay. Around the same time, police say he called a police agency inquiring about a domestic violence case that involved an acquaintance of his -- saying he was "Sgt. John Salazar."

Since he resigned and is in the middle of a legal battle, police say that's impersonating an officer.

"This particular detective was aware that Mr. Salazar had had an issue and perhaps was not working at Midvale," said Lt. Don Hutson with Unified police. "That was confirmed when we called Midvale Police Department, and so we attempted to make contact with Mr. Salazar about the incident. He offered some explanations as to why he had called."

Hutson says his department passed information on both incidents along to the Holladay City attorney and the South Salt Lake District Attorney's Office.

We're told Salazar is also involved in drug court as part of his probation.


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