Suspected drug dealer pleads not guilty
CHULA VISTA — A man who allegedly threw illegal drugs out of his car while leading authorities on a high-speed chase from Bay Terraces to his Oak Park home, where he bailed out of the vehicle and was arrested in a neighbor’s yard, pleaded not guilty Thursday to nine charges, including felony evading with reckless driving.
Kristian Childs, 42, was ordered held on $150,000 bail.
Besides evading officers, the defendant — who has a prior drug-related conviction — faces felony charges of possession for sale of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, transportation of a controlled substance and possession of ecstasy.
The charges include allegations that Childs was out of custody on bail when the incident happened Tuesday.
Childs refused to pull over when a deputy tried to stop him about 1:15 a.m. for a vehicle code violation on state Route 54, near Woodman Street, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Childs sped off and immediately began hurling things out of his vehicle, including a backpack that contained about three ounces of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a digital scale, sheriff’s Sgt. Ted Greenwald said.
The suspect fled over various streets in eastern San Diego before pulling over in front of his home in the 5500 block of Redwood Street, where he jumped out and ran off. Deputies searched the area, finding him hiding in an adjacent yard, the sergeant said.
Childs will be back in court Nov. 5 for a readiness conference and Nov. 18 for a preliminary hearing. He faces 12 years in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney Shanish Aloor said.