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Attempted fraudster who tried spraying police officer with bear spray released

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February 08, 2019 - 5:30 PM

KELOWNA - An Alberta man who tried to attack a police officer with bear mace in West Kelowna was released on a time served sentence in court today.

Michael Lloyd, 39, appeared in person at the Kelowna courthouse on Feb. 8 for his sentencing. He pled guilty to impersonation with intent to gain advantage, wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possessing weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance (crystal meth).

Crown lawyer Dan Blumenkrans laid out the agreed-upon facts of the case.

On Dec. 4, 2018, Lloyd entered a TD Bank in West Kelowna and produced an Ontario identification card that did not belong to him. Bank workers called the police to report the fraud. An officer attended the scene and asked Lloyd to step outside. Lloyd cooperated until they were out of the building, at which point he made a break for it.

Blumenkrans relayed how the officer pursued Lloyd and called in assistance. A police car caught up with Lloyd and its side mirror clipped him. An officer approached Lloyd, who turned around and tried to spray the officer with bear mace. The officer knocked the spray can away and forced Lloyd to the ground, apprehending him.

Officers searched Lloyd and found $6700 and drug paraphernalia, including crystal meth. Lloyd was transported to a hospital to treat his minor injuries before he was taken into custody.

Lloyd's lawyer Tiffany Zanatta said he's struggled with depression and drug use, although he's managed to stay employed and crime-free for several stretches of time.

Lloyd spoke for himself at the sentencing, saying he's ready to move on with his life.

"I'm trying really hard to get out of this mindset," Lloyd said. "I'm getting to old for this."

In a joint submission, Crown and defence asked for 101 days in prison, which equated to time already served.

Judge Monica McParland noted the proposed sentence seemed low given the crimes, but she ultimately agreed to it. She also imposed a 12-month probation period, and firearms and knives ban. Lloyd must also not possess any identification documents that are not his own.

Lloyd's legal troubles may not be over, as the Crown noted he has outstanding warrants in Alberta.

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