EL CAJON (CNS) - A parolee accused of backing a stolen car into a police cruiser in La Mesa, triggering a pursuit, pleaded not guilty Friday to assault on a peace officer and other charges.
Henry Zimmeth, 49, of Lakeside, was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
The charges against Zimmeth include an allegation that he was out on bail awaiting trial on a burglary/auto theft case at the time, said Deputy District Attorney Cherie Somerville.
Zimmeth is also charged in a third case with corporal injury to a spouse and reckless evading, the prosecutor said.
The defendant -- who has a 2003 conviction for evading police -- faces 30 years in prison if convicted, Somerville said. Judge John Thompson set a readiness conference for Oct. 21 and a preliminary hearing for Oct. 27.
In addition to assault with a deadly weapon, Zimmeth is charged with resisting an executive officer, evading with reckless driving and auto theft.
A police officer tried to pull Zimmeth over on Lake Murray Boulevard around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, but before the officer could get out of his car, the suspect backed into the black-and-white, then sped away, said La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass.
The ensuing chase ended at a dead end in the 9400 block of Lake Murray Boulevard, according to Nicholass.
Investigators learned Zimmeth was a "parolee-at-large" and driving a vehicle from El Cajon that had yet to be reported stolen.
The officer's cruiser sustained moderate front-end damage, but no one was hurt, Nicholass said.
A 10-year-old male lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo was killed at the Indianapolis Zoo by a female lion, zoo officials announced Friday.
A 65-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday when she fell while riding an electric scooter with family members in the Marina area of San Diego.
A light plane occupied by a flight instructor and a student pilot made a safe emergency landing Friday amid late-morning traffic on Interstate 8 in El Cajon.
Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia jumped into two competitive Senate races Friday, endorsing Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada in what the company called its first foray into elective politics.
Declaring this midterm election year an "inflection point" in American history, Kamala Harris came Friday to South Carolina to tell Democrats that the way out of Donald Trump's America is through the ballot box.
California moved a step closer Friday to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs who are opposed to the rule.
The numbers in Friday night's draw of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery are 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega number is 7.
The ninth annual San Diego Green Homes Tour is taking place on Sunday, and it is your chance to visit 12 of the county's most eco-friendly homes.
An ex-con who allegedly killed the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business during a robbery pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge that could lead to the death penalty if he's convicted.
The San Diego Yacht Club will welcome the International Masters Regatta back to the city Friday for the start of a three-day sailing competition.