Weekender Updater: Teen Who Drove at Cops and Slimy Tow Company Operator Sentenced
This weekender you are updatered on the court punishments dished out to a teen who drove a stolen car at Huntington Beach cops (who then opened fire) and a slimy tow company operator.
What do you mean, "Are there any other kind?"
Adrian Coates Accused of Driving Stolen Vehicle at Surf City Cops Before He was Fired On Update: Adrian Ortiz Coates pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies (car theft, assault on a peace officer with a weapon and evading police while driving recklessly) for an April 26 incident that had him driving a stolen car toward Huntington Beach police officers. The 18-year-old now faces a three-year prison term at sentencing in September. Cops tried to stop a 1996 Honda Accord about 2:50 a.m. for a vehicle code violation, but the driver sped away, and a check of the car's license plate during the chase showed it was stolen, Surf City Police Officer Jennifer Marlatt said at the time. After blowing through two stop signs, the driver eventually stopped at the end of the cul-de-sac, where police got out of their patrol cars to order the driver and two other men in the stolen car to get out. Coates instead punched the gas and drove toward the officers, who fired at the car and hit it several times. No one was hurt, and a sheriff's helicopter crew pointed the car to officers on the ground before Coates was popped.
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Story: Patrick Tocher and 4 Others Charged in Alleged Illegal Vehicle Towing Scheme in Santa Ana Update: Parents and their 31-year-old son pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanors and were placed on three years of informal probation for their part in what prosecutors initially alleged was a conspiracy to illegally tow vehicles in Orange County, according to court records. Ernest Boone, 73, Martha Boone, 63, and their son Edward Boone copped to misdemeanor unlawful taking of a vehicle. Besides probation, Eddie was also ordered to perform 10 hours of community service, and his parents were hit with $500 fines. The Boones, who cut a plea deal with prosecutors, had acquired two towing companies from Patrick Peter Tocher. The 55-year-old pleaded guilty in May 2014 to a single count of conspiracy to illegally tow vehicles and six counts of failing to pay state employment taxes for six years and was immediately placed on five years of informal probation and ordered to pay back more than $151,000. Tocher owned and operated Security Towing in 2005 and then created Nite & Day Security, which would report vehicles for towing to the sister company--illegally, it turns out. Vehicles cannot be towed without the consent of a property owner. "The Boone family is a pretty simple group--they weren't necessarily involved in this type of thing," an attorney who represented one of them told City News Service.