Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty

Miguel Carbajal, 19, of Dinuba, Calif., pleaded not guilty to 11 charges Wednesday related to a drive-by shooting and fatal crash on Nov. 1. Mail Tribune Photo / Jamie LuschJamie Lusch

A California man who law enforcement officials say drove the getaway car following a Central Point shooting in the early hours of Nov. 1 pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday afternoon.

Miguel Carbajal, 19, of Dinuba, pleaded not guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to 11 charges that he was indicted on by a grand jury on Nov. 3. They include two counts of attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault and manslaughter, according to court records.

He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and still is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $2 million bail.

Carbajal was one of three people pulled from a car that crashed near the 8200 block of Old Stage Road, about a mile and a half south of Interstate 5. The accident occurred during a high-speed chase with police from the scene of a Central Point-area shooting that put Gold Hill resident Erik Dorey, 22, in the hospital with wounds to his jaw. Gustavo Santiago, 16, of Central Point, was thrown from the car during the crash and died at the scene.

Francisco Campos, 19, of Traver, Calif., is being held on $250,000 bail as a material witness to the shooting. A fourth suspect, 20-year-old Gabriel Perez, allegedly fled the scene of the crash. Police still have not found Perez, who is a registered sex offender and a known Nortenos gang member.


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