A man in a stolen car who hit a patrol car as he fled Pierce County sheriff’s deputies has been sentenced.
Terry McKinzie, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree assault, attempted first-degree malicious mischief, possession of a stolen vehicle, trying to elude police and hit and run.
“Due to my PTSD from combat, and not knowing who these people were, I fled,” McKinzie wrote in his plea statement.
He kept driving at high speed after the deputies signaled for him to stop, he wrote.
Superior Court Judge Shelly Speir sentenced him to a year and a day behind bars.
According to charging papers:
Deputies saw the car Jan. 11 in the 8800 block of Hosmer Street, and found it had been stolen in Federal Way.
McKenzie was inside, and when the deputies pulled in behind the car, he reversed and hit the patrol car. Then he fled, reaching 80 miles per hour where the speed limit was 35 mph.
He hit the patrol car one more time and struck an uninvolved vehicle before he ultimately was stopped and arrested.