SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of jumping behind the wheel of a running police cruiser and deliberately driving into a veteran San Diego police officer was ordered to Monday to stand trial on multiple charges, including premeditated attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
William Frank Bogard, 25, will be back in court May 4 for arraignment. He faces 39 years to life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon.
Following a two-day preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge Amalia Meza ruled that enough evidence was presented for Bogard to stand trial on 11 counts, including theft of a police car, resisting arrest and making threats.
Runyon said Bogard was acting in a "bizarre" fashion the night of Jan. 13, when he allegedly broke into a home on Main Street and threatened to kill the residents inside.
Runyon said Bogard emerged from an alcove, jumped into the police cruiser, and drove at two officers at a speed estimated at 15-22 mph, striking Officer Jeffrey Swett, who was investigating the burglary.
Swett suffered two broken wrists, a broken leg and head injuries, and is lucky to be alive, Runyon said. The other officer -- who shot Bogard in the leg -- was not hurt.
After striking Swett, Bogard drove the police car into an SDG&E guy-wire, partially suspending the vehicle vertically, Runyon said.