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Prolific Kelowna offender back in court for allegedly running from police

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February 10, 2020 - 9:14 AM

Just hours after making an emotional promise to the court that he'd change his ways, a Kelowna man who had already been shot by police allegedly led them on another dangerous chase that ended with injury.

“Almost dying was an eye-opener for me,” John Michael Aronson said in court Sept. 23, 2019, as he was sentenced to time-served on charges including flight from police and dangerous driving.

“I want to be there for my children. I’ve got a different focus on my life. I’m sorry (for) what I did. You won’t see me back here again.”

Aronson, who is now in custody and in a wheelchair, appears to have broken his word in record time.

He is now facing charges of flight from police, dangerous operation of a conveyance, two charges of driving while disqualified under the Criminal Code of Canada and breaching probation for a Sept. 23, 2019 incident that rolled out within hours of being set free from prison.

Court documents indicate that the charges are linked to a chase and subsequent four-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Boucherie Road that closed the highway for several hours.

An RCMP press release at the time said a male driver of one vehicle was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious injuries following the crash at around 6:20 p.m., Sept. 23.

Aronson was just released from  251 days in jail and credited with time and a half for that 2018 incident, amounting to 12.5 months served. He walked away from jail being on probation for two years, prohibited from driving for five years and will face a lifetime ban on weapons. A DNA sample was also ordered.

Before the 2018 incident where he ran from police, Aronson already more than 30 prior convictions for crimes including driving while suspended as well as multiple assault and resisting arrest charges.

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