A 27-year-old Los Angeles man who led police on a high-speed chase after burglarizing a UCLA dorm room and then jumped off the Santa Monica Pier upon abandoning the vehicle has been sentenced to two years in state prison.
Gerjuan Deshon Harmon pleaded no contest Sept. 3 to one count of first-degree burglary with a person present in connection with the May high-speed chase that ended when he abandoned the stolen Range Rover he was driving and jumped off the Santa Monica Pier, county district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Harmon was immediately sentenced by Airport Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, said Deputy District Attorney Emily Baker.
Harmon had burglarized a UCLA dorm room on May 1 before leading police on a car chase around West Los Angeles beginning at about 11:30 p.m., Robison said.
The pursuit wound through Beverly Hills, Inglewood and Santa Monica after police received a call about a man driving drunk in West Los Angeles, she said. Authorities said the black 2010 Range Rover was reported stolen on April 19.
The chase ended when Harmon abandoned the vehicle at the Santa Monica Pier, jumped to the beach and ran into the ocean, Robison said. The suspect was arrested after wading back to the beach.
In exchange for his plea, a second count of first-degree burglary and one count each of car theft and felony evading police were dismissed, Robison said.