SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A wanted man who allegedly drove off when a deputy U.S. marshal tried to take the keys from the ignition during a stop -- dragging the officer about 100 yards -- pleaded not guilty Wednesday to five felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Matthew Motsenbocker -- who was wanted after failing to appear in court on charges of burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm and check fraud -- was ordered held on $900,000 bail.
Motsenbocker -- who was shot once by the deputy U.S. marshal as the officer was being dragged outside the car -- denied the charges from his hospital bed at Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa.
The events began about 2:45 p.m. last Friday, when officers stopped a car on Balboa Avenue near Interstate 805 in which the 31-year-old Motsenbocker was a passenger.
The female driver got out, but when the deputy U.S. marshal attempted to take the keys out of the ignition, Motsenbocker jumped into the driver's seat and accelerated the vehicle, said prosecutor Robert Eacret.
The deputy marshal was half inside the car, with his feet being dragged on the street, Eacret said.
The victim was thrown from the car after wounding Motsenbocker.
The deputy marshal was hospitalized with head and other injuries.
The defendant, who is also charged with resisting an officer with force, resisting causing serious bodily and possession of a stolen vehicle, faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted.
He will be back in court July 20 for a readiness conference.
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