An East Palo Alto man who tried to run over a police officer and deliberately smashed a stolen vehicle into a police van in East Palo Alto pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies on Tuesday, April 16, in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Tywaun Douglas Livingston, 21, was driving a stolen vehicle near Rutgers and Fordham streets in East Palo Alto on June 25, 2012, when San Mateo County Sheriff deputies and agents from the East Palo Alto Police Department Vehicle Theft Task Force attempted to stop him.
Instead, he reversed his vehicle into a van occupied by three officers. One officer was struck in the leg as he exited the vehicle. Livingston struck the van with such force that two officers were thrown from the rear to the front of the vehicle.
He then aimed the stolen vehicle toward another officer and attempted to run him over. The officer was able to get out of the way, but according to several witnesses, the vehicle missed him by inches, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Livingston aimed his car at yet another officer, causing one officer to fire two bullets into the vehicle. He drove away and was captured in Fremont after a police pursuit. He was not injured, Wagstaffe said.
Livingston faced five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of being involved in a gang, and single counts of vehicle theft, fleeing a peace officer with willful or wanton disregard for safety, hit and run, and vandalism. He also faced a weapons charge for carrying a loaded handgun after being shot in the torso on Dec. 14, 2011, while walking with a friend on the 100 block of Verbena Drive in East Palo Alto.
He pleaded no contest to felony count of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm in a public place, three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer with the admission of the serious felony allegations, and felony evading an officer.
Livingston will receive a maximum of 4 years, 8 months state prison. He will be sentenced June 5. He remains in custody on $380,000 bail.