A Newhall man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years and eight months in state prison for ramming a sheriff’s patrol car with a stolen pickup truck and then driving toward the deputy a second time.
Jesse Alan Tucker was convicted in May of assault on a peace officer, resisting an executive officer and fleeing from a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Tucker, 31, was also found guilty of two counts of driving or taking a vehicle without consent after a prior conviction, along with a misdemeanor count of vandalism with under $400 damage.
Tucker stole a Ford F-150 truck that had the name of a landscaping contractor on its side and was equipped with tracking equipment, which enabled deputies to locate the truck near Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway on Feb. 2, 2015.
Tucker drove the stolen truck into a patrol car while he was being chased, then reversed the truck down an access road and aimed it at the deputy a second time, according to Deputy District Attorney Ryan Tracy.
The deputy fired one round that struck the truck’s passenger window before the vehicle crashed into a small retaining wall. Tucker fled on foot and was arrested late that night.
Less than a week earlier, Tucker had evaded two sheriff’s deputies as he drove through William S. Hart Park, causing property damage, Tracy said.