Man accused in SF Public Works demolition derby faces attempted murder count

The man accused of celebrating the Fourth of July by sneaking into a Department of Public Works yard in a stolen vehicle before using a DPW truck to create his own demolition derby was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and other felony and misdemeanor counts, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman Max Szabo.

Gary Dean Wyrick, 53, of San Francisco faces five felony counts and three misdemeanors in connection with the carnage caused at the vehicle lot on Cesar Chavez Street in the Mission district July 4.

The felony counts are attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of unlawful taking of a vehicle and vandalism, Szabo said. The misdemeanors are resisting arrest, being an unlicensed driver and being in possession of a controlled substance, which reportedly was methamphetamine.

According to authorities, Wyrick drove to the yard in a stolen Ford E-350 and when a DPW employee opened the gate to exit, Wyrick reportedly drove in.

He is then alleged to have used a DPW Peterbilt flatbed crane truck to smash into other vehicles in the lot, authorities said.

An earlier report on shows surveillance footage from the yard. At one point, a supervisor can be seen running from his own DPW pickup before the larger truck crashes into it.

In the video, DPW spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said the department estimates the damage to be “well north of $100,000.”

Besides the other vehicles damaged, the security gate and a security guard shack were also destroyed.

Authorities said Wyrick crashed through the gate outside the yard and then crashed into a barrier before getting out and going back into the yard and starting up another vehicle. By that time, police arrived and took him into custody.

Wyrick was charged Tuesday and is expected in court at 9 a.m. Thursday for arraignment, Szabo said.

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