Man pleads guilty to throwing burning rags on O.C. Sheriff’s Department patrol car in New Year’s Day incident

SANTA ANA — A 38-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to time served in custody for throwing burning rags onto a sheriff’s patrol car in Stanton on New Year’s Day.

Nicholas Lam of Stanton, arrested on Jan. 1, was also placed on five years of formal probation, said Deputy District Attorney Angela Hong.

A felony count of assault with a weapon on a peace officer was dismissed as part of the plea deal, according to court records.

Lam was seen driving into a...

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