Former officer in jail on ‘no-bail offense’

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A former CHP officer is still in jail as of Friday afternoon on charges of suspicion of hiring someone to commit murder. Ruben Cesar Salgado, 37, was arrested and booked into Placer County Jail at 5:45 a.m. Thursday on a suspicion of attempting to hire someone to commit murder. He is also being held on allegations that he possessed a controlled substance, was under the influence of a controlled substance and possessed drug paraphernalia. Salgado was previously arrested in May on several felony and misdemeanor charges. He bailed out of jail June 1. The California Highway Patrol fired Salgado on June 30, according to spokesman Officer David Martinez. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office was still reviewing the case Friday morning and has until 9:30 a.m. Monday to file any criminal charges, according to Art Campos, Placer County District Attorney spokesman. Salgado’s attorney Daniel Nicholson said Friday he doesn’t expect Salgado to bail out of jail again. “The charge of soliciting homicide is a no-bail offense,” Nicholson said. Nicholson said he is expecting the case to go to trial, but he still needs time to review the current allegations. “It’s too early to say,” Nicholson said. “At this point I just don’t know enough. I don’t have any police reports.” Nicholson said he would know more information after Salgado’s arraignment, which is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday. Nicholson said he saw Salgado at the Placer County Jail Thursday, but he declined to comment on his client’s demeanor. Campos declined to comment on the identity of the alleged hire-for-murder victim, and stated more information could become available if the district attorney’s office files criminal charges. Reach Bridget Jones at