A man convicted of leading law enforcers on a vehicle chase on Highway 99 on Sacramento city streets that injured a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy in May 2016 has been sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office reports.
Sacramento Superior Court judge Michael Kenny sentenced Somephone Siacksorn, who was convicted by a jury on June 8 of recklessly evading officers causing serious bodily injury, recklessly evading officers, vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Siacksorn, 42, has now been convicted four times of a serious crime in Northern California, records show. After his most recent arrest, he was held at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center near Elk Grove on a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
Siacksorn is expected to serve his state sentence before being turned over to ICE, according to Sgt. Tony Turnbull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
The pursuit began about 8:30 p.m. May 11, 2016, when Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department gang detectives tried to stop a silver Acura with no license plates near 15th Avenue and 38th Street. The driver fled from deputies, eventually heading north on Highway 99.
During the chase of what turned out to be a stolen car, the driver threw a gun out a window, according the Sheriff’s Department. The driver exited the freeway at Broadway and pulled over.
Instead of surrendering, he drove away, traveling at a slow speed on Broadway. When a deputy tried a maneuver to disable the vehicle, the patrol car hit the roadway median and a tree.
The pursuit continued to 15th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oak Park, where the driver hit a parked car. Siacksorn then ran but was later captured.
The deputy in the crash, a 16-year veteran, suffered significant injuries, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The Bee’s Bill Lindelof contributed to this report.