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Fallbrook man ordered to stand trial for running toward two Oceanside police officers

VISTA - A Fallbrook man was ordered today to stand trial for allegedly driving his car toward two officers at Oceanside police headquarters, prompting one of them to draw his service weapon and duck behind a patrol unit for cover.

Bryan Pimm, 30, faces up to four years and eight months in state prison if convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism charges, said Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod.

After a half-day preliminary hearing at the Vista Courthouse, Judge Joel Pressman ruled there was enough evidence to order Pimm to stand trial May 11.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. last Oct. 7, two officers were walking to their cars in a parking area outside the Mission Avenue building at the end of their shifts when they saw Pimm behind the wheel of a white car in the lot, revving the engine, according to OPD Sgt. Kelan Poorman.

Moments later, the vehicle accelerated toward them, prompting one of the officers to draw his service gun before ducking behind a parked car to protect himself, the sergeant said.

Pimm's vehicle then veered sharply to the left and smashed through a closed security gate at the entrance to a secure lot where the department's marked vehicles are kept, Poorman said after Pimm's arrest.

The car rolled to a stop, and Pimm allegedly got out and confronted the two off-duty officers and several others who had rushed out of the police station due to the commotion.

At that point, Pimm took up a ''fighting stance'' with his fists clenched and began shouting ''Kill me!'' at the officers and ranting about being the Antichrist, Poorman alleged.

As the tirade continued, one of the officers flanking Pimm knocked him to the ground, after which the other police personnel jumped on top of him and took him into custody without further incident, the sergeant said.

Pimm will be back in court April 20 for a readiness conference.


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