Judge rejects dismissing charges in case where man claims Sheriff’s Department and Santa Ana PD destroyed evidence

SANTA ANA – A judge denied a request on Wednesday to dismiss charges against a man accused of shooting at officers during a police chase, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to prove that law enforcement conspired to destroy video and audio recordings.

Jimmy Hoang Truong, 30, faces multiple felony counts including attempted murder on police officers and evading them during a pursuit and a 90-minute standoff in Santa Ana in November 2015. No one was injured.

Truong’s attorney, Mark Hover, insisted that Truong never fired at officers and that law enforcement destroyed evidence from helicopter videos and dispatch recordings.

The prosecution has maintained that no video footage was destroyed, and that there is no evidence that police acted in bad faith.

If convicted, Truong, who has a lengthy criminal record, faces more than 80 years to life in prison.

After a three-week hearing, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals sided with prosecutors, stating

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