Santa Rosa, CA – April 28, 2015 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that earlier today defendant Ericson Reyes Carreon, 35-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced by the Honorable Shelly Averill to four years in state prison for felony assault with a deadly weapon on a sheriff's deputy, battery causing serious injury, and driving under the influence causing injury.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, "This defendant made a very poor choice when he got behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired. He compounded that decision with further selfish, reckless, criminal conduct. Therefore, we believe the commitment to state prison is appropriate."
The charges arose when deputies responded to a battery report where the suspect had fled the scene. Shortly after, a civilian contacted a nearby deputy to report his vehicle had been struck by another car. Deputies then located suspect Ericson Reyes Carreon inside the other vehicle. As the deputy approached Carreon, the defendant revved his engine and drove toward the deputy. Carreon narrowly missed striking the deputy with his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Sheriff's deputies pursued Carreon's until his vehicle became disabled in a field. Defendant was taken into custody where his blood test revealed his alcohol concentration to be .19 percent.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher Brown 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 Sonoma County Sheriff's Department headed the investigation.