GLENDALE — A Glendale man was ordered to serve 1 1/2 years in jail for a "rampage" involving unprovoked violent attacks on motorists in Eagle Rock and Hollywood.
Derek Jay Barretto, 29, was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest in Hollywood Municipal Court to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of possessing a billy club in the May 26 crime spree, said Mike Qualls, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
Barretto was on probation for a Jan. 7 conviction for attacking a convenience store clerk with an ax handle in a dispute over a two-cent box of matches when the rampage began at about 9:30 p.m. on the westbound Venture Freeway (134) in Eagle Rock, authorities said.
Driving a Toyota pickup, Barretto repeatedly rammed a Buick Skylark driven by a woman he did not know, Qualls said. Barretto then pulled alongside and repeatedly swerved toward the Buick in an attempt to force the car off the road. The woman, who had been on her way to work, veered her car across four lanes of traffic and escaped down an off-ramp. The pickup continued down the freeway.