Suspect shot by McFarland police takes plea deal

Suspect shot by McFarland police takes plea deal
Authorities investigate Monday, July 23, 2012, at the scene of a shooting involving McFarland police officers on High Street in Delano.

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A car-theft suspect shot by McFarland police after a chase that ended in Delano has pleaded "no contest" to several charges.

Randy Ferreira entered the pleas Wednesday in Kern County court's Delano branch, admitting to assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, reckless evading a peace officer and taking a vehicle without owner's consent.

In exchange, seven other felony charges were dropped.

Ferreira was shot in July after leading police on a 25-minute chase from an alleged chop shop on East Elmo Highway to 9th and High streets in Delano. McFarland Police Chief Gregory Herrington told Eyewitness News at the time that Ferreira wasn't armed, but his actions indicated to officers that he did have a weapon.

Sentencing is scheduled for next month.