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:
|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
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 18HF0174/ March 12, 2018