Prosecutors have filed multiple charges against a parolee aged 33 who stole cars and ran over police cruisers during an hour-long chase through Southern California, which ended with an officer firing at him.
Johnny Anchondo is facing felony-and-misdemeanor charges including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapons, resisting arrest and hit-and-run, and possession of controlled substances, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear if Anchondo of Moreno Valley has a lawyer who could speak for him.
Prosecutors claimed that Anchondo was currently on parole for attempted carjacking. He led police in a wild chase through Orange and Los Angeles County on Nov. 16. After driving a sedan, he stole a van and ran into a Whittier home where he confronted the family and took their pickup truck.
As it weaved through traffic, the pickup side-swiped cars before coming to a stop at a station. It crashed into a patrol vehicle, prompting authorities and firefighters to fire several shots through his window. The driver was not injured.
According to the DA’s office, Anchondo could spend more than 50 years prison if convicted of all charges.