WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The man accused of running over Wichita police officer Brian Arterburn with his car will go to trial.
The judge found enough evidence against Justin Terrazas that the case should be heard by a jury.
The prosecution laid out its evidence against Terrazas, including showing body camera video from Arterburn’s partner. In the video, you can see officers in pursuit when Arterburn and his partner get out of their patrol car and run towards an intersection. Officer Arterburn can be seen pulling stop sticks behind him and tries to deploy them when he is struck by the vehicle.
The prosecution also detailed containers of meth and marijuana found in Terrazas’ car.
One point of contention was over an initial identification of Terrazas as the suspect. Officer Kevin McKenna admitted he initially misidentified the location of Terrazas’ tattoo above his eyebrow. McKenna did testify that he was under stress and looking through a rear-view mirror but believes he did see Terrazas.
“I guess you can see it as that but I also witnessed an officer get run over and possibly killed,” said McKenna.
Officer Dustin Nail also took the stand and said he saw Arterburn lying in a fetal position after he was hit, appearing to be dead with what seemed like tire marks on him.
During the closing arguments Terrazas’ attorney called the incident with Arterburn an accident.
Terrazas is due back in court on August 7.