Vehicular manslaughter suspect turns self in, posts bail

By From page A4 | February 27, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The man accused in a fatal hit-and-run accident late last year turned himself in Monday and has posted bail.

Alex Perez, 23, of Vacaville, surrendered to authorities around 6:30 p.m. after charges were filed Friday in connection to a December accident on Peabody Road between Fairfield and Vacaville.

He posted the $120,000 bail and was released, according to Solano County jail booking logs.

Perez is charged with three felonies and one special circumstance related to the death of Moses Sala, 28, of Fairfield, who was walking along Peabody Road late Dec. 4, 2012. Sala was hit on the side of the road as he was walking to deliver medication to his disabled father, his family said.

Charges include felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI causing injury and felony leaving the scene of an accident. The second charge carries a special circumstance of causing gross bodily injury, said Solano County District Attorney Don du Bain.

Du Bain said investigators arranged for the surrender at the jail office. Du Bain said the court set the bail amount, so he had no comment.

It is unknown when Perez will be arraigned, du Bain said.

Mary Nguyen, deputy district attorney, said Perez was previously convicted for an October 2012 drunk in public offense, a misdemeanor.

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Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • GemmaFebruary 27, 2013 - 6:04 am

    SMDH Must be nice to have $12k lying around to hand off to a bail bondsman. Obviously Alex has a drinking problem, and since he lives in Solano County, he will receive probation, reoffend, more probation, reoffend, until he kills someone else or himself. Oh wait, he already killed someone,like I said, Solano County-he'll walk. RIP Moses

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  • Cheyenne SalaFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:41 am

    This is ridiculous. He's a free man while my brother is buried and his children have no father. The system is absolutely messed up in so many ways . There are ppl in jail right now forsomething petty and this guy took a human life while under the influence. Yet he is a free man. This is crazy. I feel he killed my brother intentionally because he decided to drive while drunk so that automatically puts people's lives in danger . He knew what he was doing when he decided to drive intoxicated. I'm pretty sure he knew of the repercussions. I just don't understand man. Rip Twin

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  • MADDFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:51 am

    It's sad to say but the way this case is going it looks as if he'll be able to walk. I hope that justice is served for Moses and his family because this is really sad. My cousin was killed by a drunk driver. Mr.Perez seriously doesn't deserve a bail because he did take a precious life away. My deepest condolences to the Sala family. Stay strong and keep fighting for what's right for Moses. God Bless

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  • COMMONSENSEFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    I don't think this kid will get away with what he has been charged with. He did commit a felony and has a special circumstance to go with it. Everyone needs to be patient and let the district attorney do their job. This will be a long and tedious trial for this family, but at the end of the day, justice will be served for Moses. Hopefully, there will be a judge to sentence him to the max because of being a young person who has already killed a human being. You may not get the justice that you seek for him specifically, but Moses will get that in a court of law. Stay strong, be patient and hold your heads high because Moses would want that for you all.

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  • HeavenlyFebruary 28, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Common sense made a lot of sense. As long as this case is pending, the family will not have closure. The damage has been done and the pain the family is feeling is insurmountable. However, he's free walking the neighborhood and Moses' family are suffering. He should have gone to jail and bail should have been "no bail" The laws pertaining to drunk drivers needs to be repealed and more punishment other than a slap on the wrist needs to be instituted. There are way too many deaths caused by drunk drivers. Some of these criminals continue to drive without licenses any way. Let's wait and see what prevails at the trial. God bless Moses and his family.

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  • COMMONSENSEFebruary 28, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    Another thought - what uncle gives his nephew the keys to a NEW 2012 CHEVY TRUCK and let him drive drunk. Was he leaving his uncles house that night and going back home by himself because he was drinking with his uncle that night also? Why did he go back to his uncles house, so that he could get help from him and figure out what to do? Did his uncle's insurance carrier know that he let a drunk driver kill someone that night? Just saying maybe he was an accessory to a crime? When this trial starts, questions need to be answered. The only plea deal should be either 6 to 10 years please. Civil suits need to be filed and let the domino effect begin. Justice may not come in the criminal courts, but civil courts clean up the mess.

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