A 48-year-old Burnsville man who rammed law enforcement cars and allegedly was about to run down a narcotics officer was sentenced Thursday to more than 13 years in prison.
Damion Devine, also known as Derrick Holmes, tried to get away as officers prepared to search his Burnsville townhouse in April 2009.
They had his residence under surveillance and spotted his SUV driving away. Two fully marked State Patrol officers with emergency lights and two unmarked law enforcement vehicles boxed in Devine's SUV.
He backed up into one car, hitting it near the driver's door as the officer sat inside. Then he accelerated forward and hit another law enforcement car. Officers saw the SUV head toward an officer who had just gotten out of the front vehicle.
That officer fired at the SUV, and several bullets hit its hood and windshield. Neither Devine nor his female passenger was injured.
Police found about 30 grams of cocaine in Devine's SUV and 55 grams in his townhouse, as well as a loaded handgun.
DeVine faced six felony charges, and on Thursday, he was sentenced on three of the charges. He received 13 years and two months for selling drugs. That will run concurrently with a five-year sentence for possessing a pistol and a one-year sentence for fleeing police.
Judge Timothy McManus credited Devine with 237 days served in jail and ordered him to pay restitution of $3,897 to Ramsey County and $3,088 to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The drug search was by the East Metro Drug Task Force and officers from other law enforcement agencies in the 100 block of E. Travelers Trail.
Devine's criminal history includes 1986 convictions for attempted murder and unlawful gun possession, and 1996 and 2004 drug convictions.