Assault with deadly weapon is charged
Bail was set at $50,000 Monday for a man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase that included shots fired by an officer in Crescent City last week.
Donald Heggie, 45, of Salinas, is facing charges of receiving stolen property of $400 or less, two counts of resisting a peace officer, evading officers with wanton disregard for safety, battery on a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon.
All of the charges except the count regarding stolen property stem from last Tuesday’s pursuit; the assault with a deadly weapon charge refers to Heggie allegedly assaulting a deputy with his vehicle.
Deputy District Attorney Derek Lee argued against Heggie being released on his own recognizance, saying he led authorities on a chase through Crescent City at speeds of up to 80 mph in 30-mph zones and considered him a threat to the community.
“I don’t believe the defendant has been here for a long period of time,” said Lee. “There’s a high probability he would leave the county.”
Defense Attorney Darren McElfresh argued Heggie had family in the area he could stay with and has not had any convictions since the mid-1990s.
Heggie remarked in court that he fled because he was scared.
Heggie and two women were suspected of being involved in a burglary reported by the mother of one of the women, said Sheriff Dean Wilson.
Heggie was in a reportedly stolen vehicle in a parking lot outside of the Del Norte County Superior Court House when authorities attempted to make contact with him, Wilson said.
“He basically locked the doors and took off,” said Wilson.
Authorities followed Heggie toward the Seabreeze Apartments, 1045 E. Condor St.
Heggie stopped, but ignored sheriff’s deputies commands to get out of the vehicle; he then proceeded to flee a second time, at which point a deputy fired multiple shots.
Crescent City resident Jamie Moore said she saw a deputy fire three rounds at the vehicle as it was driving away.
The pursuit continued through Crescent City, finally ending at a driveway on Whaleview Court off Pebble Beach Drive.
Heggie fled the vehicle and was apprehended by authorities in a nearby wooded area.
The District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether any criminal charge should be filed in connection with shots fired.
An internal investigation is also being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office as to whether proper protocol was followed during the pursuit.