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Jury finds man guilty of offenses in 2014 vehicle pursuit in Sacramento

A man arrested after leading Sacramento police on a pursuit last March has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Bennie Ray Ditto, 42, was found guilty Thursday of assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon, evading a peace officer, driving a stolen vehicle and possessing of a stolen vehicle, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Early in the morning of March 27, a Sacramento police officer attempted to stop Ditto when he was spotted driving erratically in a stolen pickup truck near Sutterville Road and 24th Street. Ditto fled in the truck before stopping in the middle of the road. He then deliberately reversed the vehicle and hit the front of the officer’s patrol car, disabling it, officials said.

Ditto proceeded to lead 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, according the to news release. The pursuit ended at the CarMax on East Stockton Boulevard.

Officers attempted to set up a perimeter around the site, but Ditto was able to escape. Police later found the abandoned truck.

DNA evidence gathered form the truck and analyzed by the District Attorney’s Crime Lab led to the identification of Ditto and his subsequent conviction, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Ditto is to be sentenced Feb. 20 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.