MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR RAMMING STOLEN VEHICLE INTO CHP PATROL CAR TWICE DURING HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN DANA POINT
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced today to six years and four months in state prison for ramming a stolen vehicle into a California Highway Patrol (CHP) car twice during a high-speed chase in Dana Point.
Sentence (Court Offer)
Charles Lawson, 29
Pleaded guilty today to the following felony counts:
(2) Aggravated assault on a peace officer
Evading while driving recklessly
Unlawful taking of a vehicle
Six years and four months in state prison
Circumstances of the Case
At approximately at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2018, Lawson drove a 2014 Ford Flex that had been stolen in the city of San Diego on Jan. 27, 2018.
The defendant recklessly drove the stolen vehicle to evade arrest and lead CHP officers on a high-speed chase through Dana Point at speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Lawson rammed the stolen vehicle into a patrol car, which knocked Officer Doe 1 back against the patrol car.
The defendant rammed the patrol car another time, reversed the vehicle, and accelerated 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