MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON TWO PEACE OFFICERS AFTER RAMMING STOLEN VEHICLE INTO PATROL CAR TWICE DURING HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN DANA POINT
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with aggravated assault on two peace officers yesterday for ramming a stolen vehicle into a California Highway Patrol (CHP) car twice during a high-speed chase in Dana Point.
Charles Lawson, 29
Charged yesterday with the following felony counts:
(2) Aggravated assault on a peace officer
Evading while driving recklessly
Unlawful taking of a vehicle
Seven years and eight months in state prison
Feb. 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
Harbor Justice Center,
Circumstances of the Case
At approximately at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2018, Lawson is accused of driving a 2014 Ford Flex that had been stolen in the city of San Diego on January 27, 2018.
The defendant is accused of recklessly driving the stolen vehicle to evade arrest and leading CHP officers on a high-speed chase through Dana Point at speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Lawson is further accused of ramming the stolen vehicle into a patrol car, hitting Officer Doe 1. The defendant is accused of ramming the patrol car another time, reversing the vehicle, and accelerating toward Officer Doe 2 before fleeing the scene.
Later that same day, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case, located and arrested Lawson at a nearby hotel.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez, Special Prosecutions Unit