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A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge today ordered a 28-year-old carjacking suspect to stand trial on more than a dozen charges related to a car chase that injured four officers last January, a deputy district attorney said. Alejandro Gonzalez was ordered to return to court on Dec. 10 to face 13 criminal counts based on testimony from seven witnesses, including four officers hurt in car crashes while Gonzalez allegedly tried to avoid arrest for carjacking, Deputy District Attorney Katrina Ohde said.
At a preliminary hearing today, the injured officers, two other officers and the victim of the carjacking testified about events on Jan. 3 that started with a forced car theft and ended after Gonzalez allegedly rammed into four police vehicles, Ohde said. Gonzalez will stand trial on four counts of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and premeditated attempted murder against a police officer, as well as carjacking, hit and run, mayhem, resisting arrest and other charges, Ohde said. The carjacking took place at about 11:23 a.m. on Jan. 3 in a gas station parking lot at King and McKee roads in San Jose, when a 68-year-old man said Gonzalez punched him in the nose and took his car, San Jose police said.
A police officer, who had just happened to pull into the parking lot as police issued a report about the carjacking, observed Gonzalez fleeing the scene driving in the victim’s GMC Yukon SUV. The officer followed Gonzalez, radioed a description of the car and other police joined the pursuit. About mile into the chase, near McKee Road and Interstate Highway 680 at around 12:06 p.m., Gonzalez rammed the SUV into a police patrol car, severely injuring the officer inside. Emergency personnel later had to extricate the officer, who was transported to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, he said.
But the chase continued, as Gonzalez crashed the SUV into two other police cars, on North Capitol Avenue between McKee Road and Alum Rock Avenue, and drove on. When an officer in a fourth police car on Alum Rock and Alexander avenues tried to use it to safeguard a family walking across the street, Gonzalez sideswiped the vehicle. But the getaway came to a close after police used their cruisers to block his path near Alum Rock and McCreery avenues. Gonzalez attempted to drive away again, but was subdued after an officer fired a Taser at him through the car window. Police arrested Gonzalez and took him to Regional Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries. Four officers and the carjacking victim were also treated for non-life threatening injuries.
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