A man convicted of assaulting a peace officer and leading Sacramento police on a pursuit in March 2014 has been sentenced to prison.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros sentenced Bennie Ray Ditto, 42, to 21 years and four months plus 25 years to life in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. A jury in January convicted Ditto of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, evading a peace officer, driving a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Authorities said Ditto has nine prior serious or violent felony convictions, including robbery, assault on a peace officer, criminal threats, carjacking and first-degree burglary.
On March 27, 2014, a Sacramento police officer attempted to stop Ditto as he was driving erratically in a stolen pickup truck near Sutterville Road and 24th Street. Ditto fled before stopping in the middle of the road. He then deliberately reversed the truck and hit the officer’s patrol car, disabling it.
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Ditto then led officers on a 20-minute pursuit, during which he struck a parked vehicle, drove into oncoming traffic, ran numerous stop signs and stoplights, and drove at speeds of more than 80 mph. The pursuit ended at the CarMax on East Stockton Boulevard, where Ditto escaped.
Officers located the abandoned truck. DNA evidence collected from the vehicle and analyzed by the District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services led to identification of Ditto.