Man ordered to pay $43k restitution for ‘brake check’ crash on Sunrise Blvd

Sacramento County Courthouse, Luke Otterstad
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Sentinel staff report–
An at-fault driver was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Monday and ordered to pay $43,000 in restitution after pleading no-contest to charges that he intentionally caused a vehicle to hit him on Sunrise Boulevard near Madison Avenue.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office announced the sentencing in a news release on Friday, stating that the driver, Sarkis Varpetyan, had “suddenly hit his brakes for no reason, causing the car behind him to rear-end [his] vehicle,” on May 21, 2015. He later filed an insurance claim stating that he was not liable for the collision and had come to a stop “because of traffic.”

According to the news release, several witnesses had stated that Varpetyan appeared to have intentionally caused the accident and a California Highway Patrol report also stated he was at fault.

On Feb. 5, 2018, Varpetyan was sentenced by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman and was ordered to pay $4,485 to Farmers Insurance and $38,041 to State Farm Insurance, in addition to three years formal probation and half a year in jail.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Richard Ilharreguy, who focuses on insurance fraud incidents.