FAIRFIELD — An evenly divided jury deadlocked Friday on three felony charges, resulting in a mistrial for a Sacramento man accused of stealing his ex-fiancée’s car before leading Vacaville police in high-speed chase that ended with the car upside down and sunk in an irrigation canal.
Dereck L. Gi, 45, was found not guilty of assaulting his ex-fiancée in the car before they stopped at a Vacaville convenience store late on the night of Dec. 21, 2012. He was ordered to return to court in two weeks when prosecutors will announce whether they will pursue a second trial against Gi for charges of auto theft, evading police and threatening his fiancée.
Vacaville police went to the convenience store and spotted Gi driving off in his fiancée’s car. A police officer followed Gi onto the freeway and then onto Weber Road, where Gi wrecked, the car careening into a canal. Police pulled Gi out of the submerged car and arrested him.
Gi’s attorney repeated to jurors the same explanation his client gave police at the crash scene for why he had not stopped for the flashing lights and siren of the patrol car behind him: He had not noticed them.
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