On March 16, 2016, Darnell Banks was sentenced by Colusa County Superior Court Judge A. Jeffrey Thompson to nine years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a crime spree that occurred on November 27, 2015.
On November 27, 2015, Banks was traveling Northbound on I-5, south of Arbuckle, when he brandished a firearm at another driver who was also traveling Northbound.
After the incident had been reported to the California Highway Patrol, officers began searching for the suspect’s vehicle.
Banks was located by law enforcement, and while attempting a traffic stop, he fled from officers.
Subsequently, Banks drove through a stop sign on the Northbound off-ramp to Highway 20 in the city limits of Williams and collided with another vehicle.
All three occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital with injuries as a result of the collision.
Following the collision, Banks was arrested and officers located alcohol beverage containers and a loaded weapon.
According to Colusa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew R. Beauchamp, there were over eight California Highway Officers involved in the search for, and ultimate arrest of Banks.