2 Arrested in Bryan bar fight that leads to traffic crash, pedestrians hurt

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Bryan police report two men have now been arrested in connection with a March 9 bar fight that preceded a traffic crash in which pedestrians were hurt and two other vehicles damaged.

Police say it started about 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning at the Bar 69 in the 400 block of North Bryan Street.

Police had been called to the bar after a fight broke out with one bar patron being injured.

Police say the man who was injured, later identified as 44-year-old Joe Ruiz of Bryan, left the bar in a vehicle and as he left, he struck five pedestrians and sideswiped a Chevy Tahoe going in the opposite direction.

The Tahoe went out of control and struck a parked vehicle.

Two of the pedestrians were taken to CHI St Joseph Hospital.

The driver left the scene before officers arrived,  but members of the Criminal Investigation Division were able to determine it was Ruiz and he was arrested Monday afternoon without incident.

Ruiz was booked into the Brazos County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

As their investigation continued, officers determined that Ruiz had been hit in the head with a bottle just before he left and struck the pedestrians and the Tahoe.

Police identified the man they believed to have struck him as 27-year-old Gaspar Salas of Hearne.

Salas turned himself in to police on Tuesday.

He was also being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police reported Wednesday that the pedestrians have all been released from the hospital after treatment.

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