Man who hit deputies with car gets 26 yrs.

2013-08-13T00:00:00Z 2013-08-13T10:17:31Z Man who hit deputies with car gets 26 yrs.Patrick McNamara, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A man who crashed his car into two Pima County sheriff's deputies' motorcycles while fleeing police was sentenced to more than 26 years in prison Monday.

Jerome LeDarryl Birdow, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts stemming from the 2012 traffic stop. The charges included three counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene after causing an accident that resulted in death or injury, and criminal damage.

A deputy pulled over Birdow in January 2012 near South Palo Verde Road and East 36th Street, where he stopped behind a second deputy conducting a separate stop.

When Birdow fled, he backed into one deputy's motorcycle then struck the one in front of him. Both deputies were injured.

He fled because a warrant had been issued against him on drug-sales charges. He later absconded to Texas, where U.S. marshals tracked him down.

On Monday, Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini also sentenced Birdow on five drug charges, which he pleaded guilty to as well.

In that case, he was sentenced to 9 1/4 years in prison on each charge. All the charges will be served concurrently.

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