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Driving straight to jail

March 07, 2013 - 9:44 PM

LEADS POLICE ON CHASE, DOUBLE SPEED LIMIT AND NO LICENCE

By Julie Whittet

A 28-year-old Kelowna man who fled police in a brazen car chase last year will spend 11 months in prison because a judge said "he hasn't learned his lesson."

Cassidy Oliver told Kelowna Provincial Court judge Brad Chapman today that he accepts full responsibility for making “poor choices” and pleaded guilty to multiple driving charges. But it would take more than an apology for Chapman to grant his request for a conditional sentence served at home. Chapman said Oliver's reckless driving record and disregard of the law presented a risk to the public. 

After failing to stop for an RCMP road check last summer on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna, Oliver sped away from police in his Chevrolet pick-up truck at a speed of 120 km/h in a 60 km zone. Police pursued but were unable to catch him. To make matters worse, Oliver's license was suspended at the time. He was later arrested and released on bail, but was again spotted speeding by police on June 23, 2012, violating his driving prohibition. 

In his apology, Oliver said that he reflected on his offences during his 95 days in custody and is ready to put his past behind him. He said he has a promising career in diamond mining and hopes to re-unite with his family and girlfriend who were present in court.

Oliver pleaded guilty to multiple charges of dangerous driving, failure to stop for police, driving while prohibited as well as failure to appear for court.
After the prison sentence, Oliver must also complete 18 months probation and is prohibited from driving on Canadian roads for three years.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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