BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Magalia man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison following what Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey called a “one-man crime spree” earlier this year.
Gary Cartwright, 35, was arrested in Oroville on July 10 after leading police on a high-speed chase along Lower Wyandotte Road and Olive Highway. That chase began after Cartwright shot at an unoccupied car at a home on Wyandotte Avenue where he claimed the resident owed him money.
When Oroville Police officers finally arrested Cartwright he was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was also in possession of several illegal firearms.
Cartwright was charged with nine counts involving shooting at an unoccupied vehicle, evading arrest, possession of illegal weapons, driving under the influence, and falsely imprisoning his girlfriend in his car.
The district attorney said Cartwright will fall under the state’s Three Strikes Law should he commit future crimes.