In response to incomplete information that is being put out on social media regarding the arrest of Alfredo Saldivar in May 2020, the Prescott Valley Police Department is providing this accurate depiction of the events as they transpired to provide clarification and transparency.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at approximately 6:32 PM, Prescott Valley Police were notified by Prescott Police that a red Chevrolet truck was travelling eastbound on State Route 69 at a high rate of speed, entering Prescott Valley.
As the truck entered Prescott Valley near Stoneridge Drive, the vehicle was intercepted by Prescott Valley Police officers using emergency lights and sirens, at which time the driver, later identified as Alfredo Saldivar, failed to stop.
During this time multiple officers observed Saldivar continue to drive erratically at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour throughout residential streets and highways within Prescott Valley town limits, with reckless disregard for the safety of others. Based on officers’ and numerous witness observations, officers began stopping traffic at intersections to prevent accidents from occurring as Saldivar continued to travel into oncoming traffic in an erratic manner.
As Saldivar continued to evade police, he drove northbound on Lake Valley Road, then made a U-turn, jumping the median separating north and southbound lanes. He then attempted to ram a southbound Prescott Valley Police officer’s vehicle.
The officer, who feared for his life, then fired his department issued weapon several times, striking Saldivar and his vehicle. Saldivar then continued to drive southbound on Lake Valley Road, then westbound on State Route 69 toward Glassford Hill Road, where he struck another vehicle and injured an elderly woman. The elderly woman was transported to the local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. As a result of the collision, her vehicle was totaled.
Saldivar then continued westbound on State Route 69 into Prescott city limits, where he abandoned his vehicle at Frontier Village Shopping Center, located at 1841 E. State Route 69 in Prescott, and fled on foot through the shopping center.
During this time the Prescott Valley Police Department, supported by other law enforcement agencies, arrived on scene to attempt to apprehend Saldivar, who was fleeing on foot and believed to be armed.
As officers confronted Saldivar and gave the him numerous verbal commands to surrender, it initially appeared he was complying, then hesitated. Saldivar’s hesitation and the observations made by police led officers to believe that he was going to flee from law enforcement again, which resulted in a Prescott Valley Police K-9 being deployed.
The K-9 deployment resulted in Saldivar being taken into custody. He was then transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West campus located in Prescott, Arizona for non-life-threatening injuries, where he refused medical attention.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit was contacted and asked to investigate the incident leading to Saldivar’s arrest.
Saldivar was later transported and booked into the Yavapai County Detention Facility located in Camp Verde, Arizona on charges of Endangerment, Aggravated Assault upon Law Enforcement, Criminal Damage, Unlawful Flight, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Resisting Arrest - all felony charges.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The Prescott Valley Police Department is currently in the process of conducting an administrative review regarding the use of force upon Alfredo Saldivar.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.