Juneau teenager pleads guilty to assault after high-speed chase

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

A Juneau teenager said Monday that police drove into his vehicle after a high-speed chase last fall, but agreed to plead guilty to a felony charging him with assaulting the officer.

Bobby J. Boorman, 19, faces up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine for third-degree assault, Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks told him Monday.

Weeks scheduled sentencing for March 2. Boorman has been lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since his arrest.

The plea agreement dismisses felony charges of first-degree vehicle theft and failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, as well as misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving without a license.

Police arrested Boorman at about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Alaska State ferry terminal parking lot. They alleged that Boorman drove a stolen sport-utility vehicle into officer Steve Christensen's police vehicle after fleeing a U.S. Forest Service officer at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

Boorman told the judge Monday he was driving at about 80 mph in a 50-mph zone. He said he had the lights off for about 100 yards. He said his relationship with God required him to be honest.

"I did not run into him," he said. "I stopped and he ran into me."

The third-degree assault charge alleges that Boorman put the officer in fear of imminent physical injury with a dangerous instrument.

"You understand what they're charging you with is making him afraid?" the judge asked.

Boorman said he was pleading guilty because "we're trying to work a deal."

Weeks said he found factual basis for the plea based on the information charging Boorman with the crime.

The agreement calls for Boorman to pay restitution for vehicle damages from the incident. The restitution total has not been calculated.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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