Three Striker Gets 25 To Life For Felonious Driving

High speed pursuit went thru South Sac, Elk Grove District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny sentenced...

High speed pursuit went thru South Sac, Elk Grove

District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny sentenced James Lee Blake on Monday, August 10 to a term of 25 years to life in prison.

Blake was convicted for felony violations of evading a police officer, driving in a reckless manner and driving opposite the flow of lawful traffic as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer.


On August 20, 2007, officers stopped Blake for driving a stolen car. Blake pulled to the side of the road, waited for officers to get out of their vehicles, then drove away at a high rate of speed, with two passengers in his car.

He proceeded to lead officers on a 52 mile pursuit lasting over 30 minutes and reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on the freeway and through residential neighborhoods in South Sacramento and Elk Grove.

During the pursuit, Blake drove on the wrong side of the road, caused other cars to swerve to avoid colliding with him and avoided three law enforcement tack strips before eventually losing control of the car and crashing into a drainage ditch.

Blake has been previously convicted twice of burglary in the first degree. Due to the serious nature of his prior convictions as well as the extremely dangerous conduct in the present case, he was prosecuted as a three striker.

Deputy District Attorney Kristi Tungesvik said, “It is a miracle that the reckless actions in this case did not result in death or serious injury. This is a just sentence for a repeat convicted felon who once again showed complete disregard for the safety and well-being of the people in our community.”


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