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Rohnert Park Man Sentenced to Nine Years Prison for DUI Causing Injury and Recklessly Evading Officers onto Foxtail Golf Course

Santa Rosa, CA  –  April 18, 2017  –  Defendant Daniel Lee Packett, 49 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced on April 17, 2017, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to 9 years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony charges of driving under the influence causing injury, and reckless evading. Packett also admitted having suffered prior “strike” convictions, as well as having served time in prison on three separate occasions. 

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the pursuing officers, and the community at large. His prior significant criminal history coupled with this current offense demonstrate that he poses an ongoing danger, and that a lengthy prison sentence is appropriate.”

The charges resulted from an incident on September 24, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the City of Rohnert Park. Officers from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety were initially dispatched to a fight outside of a residence. As the officers responded to the scene Packett fled in a pickup truck. The officers located Packett driving in a residential neighborhood near the Foxtail Golf Course and attempted to stop him. However, Packett fled from them onto the course until they were unable to continue their pursuit. Additional officers located Packett after he exited the golf course and again attempted to stop him. Packett then fled through Rohnert Park at speeds up to 90 mph and eventually collided head-on with a pursuing patrol car near the intersection of Todd Road and Santa Rosa Avenue. Packett was immediately arrested and a blood sample showed his BAC to be 0.127. The officer involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and has since made a full recovery.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Scott Uemura of the District Attorney’s Vertical DUI Unit. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The California Highway Patrol headed the investigation.

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