DATE: January 22, 2016
CASE: Joey Eldon Britt
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Michelle Becker, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
The Honorable Kevin McCormick sentenced 22-year-old Joey Eldon Britt to 6 years, 4 months in prison. On November 20, 2015, Britt pled guilty to two counts of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and vehicle theft. He also admitted to a prior vehicle theft conviction.
On February 7, 2015, Britt was in the Stockton area when he stole a utility truck that was equipped with a hydraulic pump in the back. He drove the truck onto I-5 with the hoses dragging on the ground. CHP officers attempted to stop him with spike strips. Britt ran over one, deflating the left front and rear tires, but he continued to drive on the rims all the way to Sacramento. When CHP chased Britt off the freeway at Richards Blvd., he used the truck to ram the officers out of his way on the off ramp and continued to drive to the dead end at Bercut Drive. He then made a U-turn and stopped.
CHP officers commanded him to get out of the truck and put his hands up. Two CHP officers positioned their cars in front of Britt and got out with guns drawn. Britt refused to comply with their commands and accelerated towards the officers, crashing into one of the patrol cars. The officers fired their guns at the truck, striking Britt in the jaw, neck, and arm before taking him into custody.
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