Chase leads to 10-year sentence

October 21, 2008 9:14:16 AM PDT
A San Francisco man will spend 10 years in state prison for living up to his swift surname during a dangerous 2007 assault and high-speed police chase through the streets of the city.

Lorenzo Speed, 47, was sentenced Friday by a San Francisco Superior Court judge after being convicted in July of false imprisonment, assault, reckless driving, and evading an officer causing great bodily injury, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

One man was knocked unconscious and suffered a punctured lung and several fractured bones when on June 7, 2007, Speed plowed into his car outside Martin Luther King Middle School at the conclusion of a police chase that began in the city's Bayview District, prosecutors said.

District Attorney Kamala Harris called Speed's behavior "callous and reckless," putting the lives of his girlfriend, pedestrians, motorists and police officers at risk.

According to prosecutors, witnesses called police after seeing Speed assault his girlfriend and throw her into his car.

Speed then drove past the Bayview police station and a chase with officers ensued, during which Speed drove 60 to 70 mph and ran several red lights and stop signs, according to prosecutors.

The chase ended when Speed ran through a stop sign outside the school and hit the other car, flipping it into the air, and then hit a parked truck, which also went airborne and landed on top of Speed's car, prosecutors said.

Speed escaped with minor injuries and was arrested at the scene, while his girlfriend was uninjured, prosecutors said.