CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A gang member who tried to run down a Chula Vista police officer during an attempted traffic stop was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in state prison.
Gerardo Rodriguez Meza, 23, pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to felony assault with a deadly weapon.
About 11:30 p.m. last Sept. 5, patrolman Glenn Gossett -- a 14-year veteran of the Chula Vista Police Department -- saw a car being driven erratically near Memorial Park, according to Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge.
The driver -- later identified as Meza -- refused to pull over and instead drove into an access road, where the car crashed into a wall.
Believing the driver and passengers were going to abandon the vehicle and flee, Gossett got out of his patrol car in anticipation of a foot pursuit, Wedge said.
Instead of bailing on foot, Meza accelerated in reverse in a sweeping U-turn toward Gossett and struck his patrol car, forcing him to back away. Wedge said Meza then revved the engine and accelerated directly toward Gossett, who fired off several rounds from his service pistol. No one was hurt in the gunfire but several bullets pierced Meza's car.
Following the gunfire, Meza rammed the patrol car one more time before speeding off, according to the captain. Police found the bullet-ridden suspect's car abandoned a block away a short time later.
A 15-year-old boy and two men were detained at separate nearby locations. Meza got away but was arrested a week later at an apartment in San Bernardino County.
An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer.
President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on immigration continues to spark outrage. Specifically, there's growing concern over officials separating children from their parents at the border.
Sunday marked day four of action at the World Cup; and it featured a huge upset that had hundreds of people dancing in the South Bay streets. Mexico took down the defending world champions Germany and local fans had a great time celebrating.
Chula Vista Police on Sunday were trying to determine how a man's body ended up in the middle of the street. Someone first spotted him early in the morning in the westbound lanes of Buena Vista Way near Rancho Del Rey Parkway.
The Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards were held Saturday night near Palm Springs and we're proud to share that several members of the News 8 team were honored.
A 21-year-old woman was found dead in her bedroom Saturday night and San Diego Police suspect foul play. The victim's family made the discovery just after 5 p.m. at their home in the 3600 block of 45th street in City Heights.
Weekend temperatures dropped nearly 10 degrees in most areas around the county, compared to a few days ago. Slight warming is expected early next week as upper low pressure weakens.
Del Mar is the only city in North County that allows off-leash dogs on the beach, but yearly seasonal changes to that rule have just taken effect.