Man accused of running down motorcycle officer pleads not guilty
Moises Correa faces 35 years to life in state prison if convicted in connection with the crash that hurt a San Diego police officer
A man accused of intentionally striking a San Diego police motorcycle officer with a car in Mira Mesa pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Moises Correa, who is charged in San Diego Superior Court, faces 35 years to life in state prison if convicted because he has two prior strike convictions, including a 2011 attempted murder conviction out of Maricopa County, Arizona, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
Correa, 29, is accused of wounding the officer, whose name was not released, just after 10 a.m. Thursday after the officer stopped a black Chrysler sedan that Correa was allegedly driving in the area of Black Mountain Road and Westview Parkway.
Police said the Chrysler sped away and the officer gave chase. At some point, the driver pulled to a stop in a traffic lane, then accelerated in reverse, crashing the car into the motorcycle, according to San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown.
Following the impact, the motorist continued backing up, pushing the downed motorcycle, with the officer pinned underneath it. The driver, who had a female passenger riding with him, then fled north on Black Mountain Road, police said.
The patrolman, who had minor injuries, was treated at a hospital and released. He has been with the Police Department for 13 years and assigned to the Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit for more than five years.
About 6 p.m. Friday, officers learned that Correa was in the Mira Mesa area, Brown said. A police helicopter spotted Correa and a female companion — police believed she was the passenger in the car involved in the crash a day earlier — in the backyard of a 比特币交易网home on Dewsbury Avenue, a little more than a mile from where the crash occurred.
The companions went into the house, and officers surrounded the residence, Brown said. Other occupants of the house came out, and a SWAT team responded to the scene.
After a standoff that lasted several hours, the two suspects were located in the rafters of the garage. They refused to come out, Brown said.
Police deployed chemical agents into the garage, prompting the pair to surrender. They were taken to police headquarters for questioning.
Correa remained held without bail Wednesday.
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