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Man accused in shooting, police car crash pleads not guilty

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A 20-year-old reputed gang member suspected of trying to run down a Chula Vista police officer after shooting at a man near a South Bay bar pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and other charges.

James Martinez, 20, was ordered held without bail.

He was arrested about 10 p.m. Saturday at an apartment in Imperial Beach, according to Chula Vista police.

Martinez was wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a man near Wild Wooleys Saloon on Davidson Avenue when he allegedly tried to run down a pursuing officer on April 23.

The day of the shooting, an officer spotted Martinez and a companion, Sean Darby O'Neill, fleeing in a vehicle and chased the pair. The suspects drove into a cul-de-sac on Madrona Street.

Police allege Martinez tried to run the officer down with his vehicle. The officer sustained fractures to his foot as he fired several shots at the car.

Martinez and O'Neill escaped, but O'Neill, 21, was arrested about a week later, police said.

Besides the attempted murders of the man at the bar and the police officer, both defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and reckless evading.

They each face up to 60 years to life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney David Bost.

South Bay Judge Roderick Shelton set a readiness conference for May 25 and a preliminary hearing for May 3

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