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Man shot in standoff with CHP officers sentenced to prison

A man who crashed into a California Highway Patrol vehicle with a stolen utility truck has been sentenced to six years and four months in prison.

Joey Eldon Britt, 22, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and vehicle theft. He also admitted to a previous vehicle theft conviction, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Feb. 7, 2015, Britt was in the Stockton area when he stole a utility truck equipped with a hydraulic pump in the back. He drove the truck onto Interstate 5 with the hoses dragging on the ground. CHP officers attempted to stop him with spike strips. Britt ran over one of the strips, deflating the left front and rear tires, but he continued to drive on the rims all the way to Sacramento.

When CHP officers chased Britt off the freeway at Richards Boulevard, he used the truck to ram the officers out of his way on the offramp and continued to drive to the dead end at Bercut Drive, authorities said. He then made a U-turn and stopped.

CHP officers ordered 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 of their vehicles with guns drawn. Britt refused to comply with their commands and accelerated toward the officers, crashing into one of the patrol cars, authorities said. The officers then fired their guns at the truck, striking Britt in the jaw, neck and an arm before taking him into custody.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy