A 44-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for battery on a Santa Rosa man and the serious injury of a Santa Rosa police officer who chased him the next day. Manuel Santiago, of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest on Jan. 28 to the battery causing serious bodily injury of the Santa Rosa man on Oct. 10. He was sentenced Monday to three years in state prison on that charge. Santiago also pleaded guilty to resisting police and causing serious bodily injury to Officer Lucia Wade, and was sentenced to a one-year consecutive prison term on that charge. Wade was looking for Santiago, a wanted felon, on Oct. 11 in connection with the battery the previous night. She spotted him in the parking lot of the Denny’s restaurant on Santa Rosa Avenue and gave chase when he fled. Wade was struck by a car during the pursuit and fell onto the windshield of another vehicle before hitting the ground and becoming unconscious. Santiago continued running but was apprehended by people in the area who saw the pursuit. Wade suffered major injuries to her head and face. Her condition has improved significantly but she has not been able to return to work, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and county probation department recommended a five-year prison term because of Santiago’s criminal
history and prior felony convictions. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Gayle Guynup sentenced Santiago to a four-year prison term. Guynup dismissed for lack of evidence a charge of grand theft from a person against Santiago in connection with the battery of the Santa Rosa man when he changed his not guilty pleas on Jan. 28 during his preliminary hearing.
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