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Tanner scheduled for pre-trial hearing

Posted: August 11, 2011 4:30 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2011 4:30 p.m.

A Chatsworth man accused of leading deputies on a wild high-speed chase through Santa Clarita is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing at the end of the month.

Aaron Clay Tanner, 31, is schedule to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Aug. 30 on multiple felony charges including assault, carjacking, kidnapping for carjacking and assault on a peace officer.

During a series of events last December that began in the Newhall Pass and ended in Saugus, Tanner allegedly stabbed his mother, stole her car, crashed it, stole another car with a young boy inside, crashed it, stole a deputy's patrol car and totaled it.

He was then arrested.

In May, at a preliminary hearing, Tanner's mother described him as being bipolar and having a long history of mental illness.

The entire December series of episodes took place over 40 minutes' time, according to deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Tanner is facing 16 felony charges and is being held on $1.9 million bail at Men's Central Jail, according to arrest records.

If convicted, the defendant faces a possible sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary of the San Fernando office filed the case. It was assigned to Deputy District Attorney William S. Chung to prosecute.



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