Man steals ex-girlfriend’s car, gives police high speed chase

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An El Cajon man who stole his ex-girlfriend’s car and led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase has pleaded guilty to felony evading, resisting an executive officer and auto theft.

Randy Lee Hanks, 38, is likely to receive a prison term of eight years and four months, said Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 16 in El Cajon Superior Court. Hanks remains in jail on $200,000 bail.

An El Cajon man who stole his ex-girlfriend’s car and led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase has pleaded guilty to felony evading, resisting an executive officer and auto theft.

Randy Lee Hanks, 38, is likely to receive a prison term of eight years and four months, said Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 16 in El Cajon Superior Court. Hanks remains in jail on $200,000 bail.

Hanks refused to stop after a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over on July 19, 2017 at the intersection of Graves Avenue and Prospect Avenue in El Cajon. Hanks began driving recklessly at high speed, so the pursuit ended, according to the sheriff’s department.

Hanks drove through Santee, El Cajon, and La Mesa, and sometimes passed vehicles on the wrong side of the road. He also ran red lights and was being tracked by a sheriff’s helicopter.

Hanks was also charged with burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on July 15, 2017, and concealing her car. Those counts were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to three other charges.

Murder charge dismissed for Spring Valley man

Thomas Christopher Jackson, 29, of Spring Valley, has been sentenced to two years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A murder charge was dismissed in the death of Aurice J. Turk, 25, who was fatally shot on Jan. 4 near the Albertsons grocery store at 9831 Campo Road in Spring Valley.

A prosecutor sought a 3-year term after Turk’s mother and sister spoke before El Cajon Superior Court Judge Lantz Lewis.

Lewis gave Jackson credit for serving 268 days and he was fined $824.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call that multiple males were fighting in the parking lot. Turk was taken to a hospital by the San Miguel Fire Department, but he did not survive.

A number of civilians and detectives testified at the 2-day preliminary hearing by Lewis in March. Witnesses said gang terms were yelled before the shooting.

Man wounds with deadly weapon

Grady Alan Neel III, 53, of Santee, was given a suspended 5-year prison term for wounding a man in an Oct. 30, 2017 incident.

Christopher Browning was shot in the torso in the 9800 block of Shirley Gardens Drive in Santee at 11:28 a.m. during an argument between the two men.

Neel pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and faced up to seven years in prison. He will not have to serve any of the suspended prison sentence if he completes conditions of probation, a prosecutor said.

Neel supplied proof to an El Cajon Superior Court judge that he had relinquished all of his firearms.

Jail-time stayed on terms of probation for DUI

Jonathan Noel Parr, 42, of La Mesa, was placed on five years probation and ordered to pay $7,478 to the owner of a truck he crashed into while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Parr initially struck a parked Ford 150 on W. Main Street in El Cajon and kept on driving, according to court records. He failed to pull over at 2:07 a.m. after a La Mesa Police officer tried to do a traffic stop.

Parr drove on Interstate 8 near state Route 125 and hit a semi-truck at the end of a police chase. He was cut out of his vehicle and hospitalized with injuries.

Parr told officers he didn’t stop because he knew he was intoxicated.

He pleaded guilty to DUI and evading officers with reckless driving. A 240-day jail term was stayed by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Lamborn on condition that he adhere to probation terms.

He was ordered to pay probation costs of $1,433 and fined $2,372.

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