The man at the center of a dramatic freeway pursuit had his first court date Tuesday.
Carlos Romero, 30, is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, one count of auto theft, one count of felony evading and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
Romero pleaded not guilty.
The ordeal began Thursday night when police tried to pull over a pickup truck that had been reported stolen. The driver sped off, heading south on Interstate 5 toward the San Ysidro border, according to San Diego police.
Police said the driver encountered heavy traffic near the border crossing. He reportedly rammed two patrol cars and a Border Patrol vehicle, before making a U-turn and driving the opposite direction up southbound I-5.
Police said an officer and a Border Patrol agent fired their weapons because they thought the suspect could injure them.
Officers finally cornered the suspect on Dairy Mart Road. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
The San Ysidro border crossing was closed during the high-speed pursuit.
Romero’s bail was set at $250,000. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
A readiness conference is set for Jan. 16, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.