Child-endangering chase earns long lockup 

The Stockton parolee who last year led cops on a wild chase with three children in his vehicle was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in state prison.

Fernando Lugo, 33, pleaded no contest in January to the April 21 chase in Pacifica in which he raced down residential streets at 70 mph, blasting through stop signs and past elementary schools, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Three other adults, along with the children, were riding in the car, Wagstaffe said. It had been reported stolen in the East Bay earlier that month.

One occupant, a mother who had her two children with her, screamed at Lugo to stop.

“But the suspect simply responded, ‘I got this,’” Wagstaffe said.

Lugo eventually crashed into a cement barrier on John Daly Boulevard after speeding up to 100 mph on the freeway, prosecutors said.

The entire chase was caught on a police patrol car’s camera, Wagstaffe said.

Lugo, a career criminal with three previous prison stints, received five years and four months in state prison, with 523 days of credit for time served. He also will have to pay restitution to victims. — Mike Aldax

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