A man with a history of burglary convictions has been sentenced to prison for injuring two people in a December collision as he tried to flee law enforcement officers.
Kasey Valli, 32, pleaded no contest to felony evading pursuing peace officers, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, a multiple victim injury enhancement and a hit-and-run with injury with prior prison sentence, according to a Sacramento District Attorney’s Office news release. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian on Friday sentenced him to 12 years and eight months in prison.
On Dec. 6, 2014, California Highway Patrol officers observed Valli driving approximately 110 mph on Highway 50. They pursued Valli, who was using the shoulder of the freeway to pass other vehicles. He finally exited at Mather Field Road, but failed to yield to pursuing officers, authorities said. After running two red lights, he collided with another car. The driver and passenger in that vehicle suffered moderate injuries.
Valli failed to stop after the collision and re-entered Highway 50, where his vehicle reached speeds of 95 mph, authorities said. The pursuit continued to Hazel Avenue, where he blew two tires. Valli eventually stopped the car on Paseo Drive and ran off on foot. He was apprehended after a police dog found him trying to hide from officers.
Prosecutors said Valli’s prior criminal history includes 2002 and 2004 felony burglary convictions and a 2007 felony conviction for evading a police officer.