Biker Gets 14 Years For San Bruno Blast Altercation With Cop

Millbrae man sentenced to 14 years for running over cop's foot.

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    A man on a motorcycle who refused police's orders to present ID when he was "gawking" at the damage in San Bruno following the Sept. 2010 inferno was sentenced to over 14 years in prison.

    A motorcyclist who fled from police -- dragging one cop who grabbed onto his jacket for "several feet" -- after trying to look at the devastation caused by the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion and fire was sentenced to over 14 years in prison, according to reports.

    Paul Anthony Lee, 36, visited the Crestmoor neighborhood in San Bruno in the early hours of Sept. 10, 2010. Just a few hours before, a PG&E gas pipeline there ruptured and exploded. The fire killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

    He and a female companion were surveying the wreckage when police guarding the scene asked them what they were doing. A cop told the gawkers to turn off the bike and present identification when Lee "started to ride away," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    One of the officers tried to grab at Lee's jacket and was dragged as he grabbed -- and suffered an injury to his foot when the bike rode over it. He had to go to the hospital for that injury, according to prosecutors in San Mateo County.

    Lee was eventually arrested in San Carlos. He was convicted in September of felony assault and battery on an officer and evading police. He was on parole for a 2005 kidnapping -- and when caught, told police that "he was just scared."

    He was sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison on Friday.