REDWOOD CITY -- A man was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for dragging a police officer with his motorcycle while touring the destruction left by the deadly PG&E gas explosion in San Bruno.
Jurors convicted Paul Anthony Lee of battery on an officer and evading police for the Sept. 10, 2010 confrontation. Lee was also on parole for a 2005 attempted kidnapping. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak sentenced him Friday to 14 years 8 months behind bars, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Lee, 36, of Millbrae and a woman passenger were riding in the devastated neighborhood when they rolled up on two police officers who were patrolling the area to prevent looting. The officers shined their flashlights on him and had him pull over.
Lee had been asked to hand over identification and shut off the bike when he allegedly drove off. One of the officers grabbed the suspect's jacket. He was dragged a few feet before the motorcycle ran over his foot, injuring him. The driver then sped away.
Officers pursued the motorcycle through San Bruno, onto Highway 101 and down to San Carlos before the driver surrendered. Lee allegedly told police he left because he was scared.
Lee was being held without bail at San Mateo County after jurors convicted him in September 2012 of the chase and assault, Wagstaffe said.
The Sept. 9, 2010 blast in San Bruno killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Lee was among several people arrested in the wake of the explosion either for disaster aid scams or problems stemming from a visit to the scorched neighborhood.