Man Gets 5 Years for Driving Into Crowd in Carlsbad — Twice

John Martinez-Gutierrez pleaded guilty last month to attempted murder after striking multiple people with his vehicle at a strip mall on Carlsbad Village Drive

Multiple people were injured in the incident.
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A 20-year-old Washington state man who plowed a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians at a Carlsbad strip mall earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to five years in state prison.

John Martinez-Gutierrez, of Spokane, pleaded guilty to an attempted murder count last month for striking multiple people with his vehicle just after 2 a.m. May 15 at the Village Faire shopping center on Carlsbad Village Drive.

Carlsbad police said Martinez-Gutierrez got into a fight with multiple people in the shopping center's parking lot, then drove his vehicle into a crowd of people, striking several of them. After driving a short distance, he then reversed the vehicle into a group of people, striking several more, then fled.

The attack left four people hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Martinez-Gutierrez was arrested two days later at a motel in Escondido.

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