Four-year prison sentence for man who went on crime spree across Interior

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KAMLOOPS - Crashing into and injuring a Kamloops couple, stealing a witness's car and serial thefts of lottery tickets have landed a Saskatchewan man a lengthy prison sentence.

Roderick Mervin Bailey, born 1973, was sentenced to four years in prison today, Feb. 16, for charges including dangerous driving causing bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident, theft of a motor vehicle and theft.

Bailey will spend the next three years in prison after being given credit for serving 13 months in custody.

Kamloops Provincial court Judge Christopher Cleaveley slammed Bailey's criminal behaviour before sentencing him.

"It is hard to imagine more reprehensible conduct," Cleaveley said. "Mr. Bailey is not a young man who acted impulsively."

Bailey and his co-accused, Jody Pechawis, were charged with several offences after travelling from Saskatchewan to B.C. Court heard they had stolen lottery tickets from several gas stations or convenience stores from cities including Merritt, Vernon and Kamloops during May of 2016.

On May 27, while on the run from police, Bailey crashed a vehicle into another car in downtown Kamloops, injuring Robert and Marilyn Allison.

After the crash, the Saskatchewan duo jumped into a witness's vehicle and took off. They were arrested in Vernon the next day.

According to court documents, the last scheduled appearance for Pechawis was in July, but after not appearing in court a warrant was issued.

Along with Bailey's prison sentence, he will be prohibited from driving in Canada for five years.

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