Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A Salinas man who led authorities on a high-speed chase through Crescent City last August accepted a plea deal Tuesday.

Donald Heggie, 45, pleaded guilty to evading police and resisting arrest by force of violence. He had been facing charges of attempted murder, 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.

The attempted murder charge was tacked on after the preliminary hearing in which sheriff's Deputy Richard Griffin testified Heggie struck him multiple times with the getaway truck as Heggie fled the parking lot of the Seabreeze Apartments, 1045 E. Condor St., where authorities tried to corner him.

Another deputy testified at the preliminary hearing that he was unable to see the shots fired or Griffin being struck, but estimated that as Heggie was manuevering to escape his truck was moving at 1-5 mph.

Griffin testified he shot at Heggie's truck as a result.

Heggie was eventually captured in a wooded area near Whaleview Court off Pebble Beach Drive, where he parked his truck at a driveway and ran.

Heggie faces a maximum of a three-year term for each of the counts. The plea is open, meaning the District Attorney's Office and Heggie's attorney, Leroy Davies, will argue for their suggested punishment. The two counts could also be considered misdemeanors or felonies, something the judge will have to decide.

Heggie's sentencing is set for July 25.

It was noted for the court's record that Heggie struck Griffin multiple times and Heggie is ordered to stay away from the deputy.

Both the District Attorney's Office and Davies declined to comment on the plea deal.

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