A 30-year-old Salinas man convicted of running over a deputy was sentenced to 34 years in prison in Monterey County Superior Court today, according to the district attorney’s office. Raymond Campos, a suspected gang member, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer as well as possession of methamphetamine for sale, sale of methamphetamine and street terrorism, according to the district attorney’s office. A judge also sentenced Michael Diaz, who was convicted of possession of drugs for sale for the benefit of a gang at the same trial as Campos, to eight years in prison. On April 1, Campos pulled into an apartment complex where Diaz lived part time, according to the district attorney’s office. Two members of the Monterey County gang task force, an officer and a deputy, witnessed Campos deal drugs and approached him. However, Campos got into his car and ignored the officer’s orders to stop. As he hit the gas, he caught the deputy with the open car door and dragged him a short distance, according to the district attorney’s office. The deputy was then pulled under the front left tire, which caused him to fracture his collarbone and strike his head on the pavement. Responding officers found more than five ounces of methamphetamine in the area as well as in a safe behind the apartment where Campos had been with Diaz, according to the district attorney’s office. Campos had a criminal history, according to the district attorney’s office, which included prior convictions for possession of drugs for sale and domestic violence for which he was on parole at the time of the offense.
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