A sentence of six years in state prison was handed down last week in the case of a man convicted of assaulting a Garden Grove police officer by dragging him with his car.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Marcos Gonzalez, 28, of Fullerton, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of felony assault on a police officer with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and having a prior conviction for possession for sale of a controlled substance in 2007.
On Nov. 2, 2011, Gonzalez was pulled over by Garden Grove Police Officer Chuck Starnes on a routine traffic stop.
The officer noticed the aroma of marijuana and ordered the driver out of the car.
While Starnes was calling for backup, Gonzalez dived back into the driver’s seat. The officer tried to stop him but was knocked down.
With Starnes still hanging outside the door, Gonzales then tried to drive away. The officer was dragged several feet then fell to the ground.
Gonzales was arrested three days later; Starnes was treated for “significant back injuries.”