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CHP officer’s bail reduced

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A judge Tuesday reduced bail for the California Highway Patrol Officer charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors. Ruben Salgado, 37, was arrested May 11 in a Rocklin shopping center and charged with five felonies, including possessing methamphetamine with a loaded handgun and being under the influence of methamphetamine with a handgun. Salgado, a 12-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, was also charged with two misdemeanors and a “wobbler,” which means the charge could be designated as either a felony or misdemeanor in the future. During Tuesday’s proceedings Judge Robert McElhany lowered Salgado’s bail from $200,000 to $70,000, according to Art Campos, spokesman for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Salgado’s attorney, Daniel Nicholson of the Law Office of Daniel Nicholson in Sacramento, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon about the bail reduction. Campos said Doug Van Breemen, the prosecuting district attorney, expressed some concern over the judge’s decision. Salgado is scheduled for further proceedings at 8:30 a.m. July 6 at the Placer County Jail courtroom in Auburn. Salgado continues to be held at Auburn’s Placer County Jail. ~Staff report