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Trial date set for prolific Kelowna offender with propensity for police chases

Jon Michael Aronson
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March 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

A Kelowna man who has become notorious for high-speed police chases will be on trial for his latest offence in October.

John Michael Aronson 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.

The charges are linked to a chase and subsequent four-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Boucherie Road. That crash closed the highway for several hours and Aronson was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious injuries.

When the 2019 chase got underway, Aronson was released just hours earlier from jail time spent for a 2018 police chase that ended at the Orchard Park mall CIBC.

That spectacle involved police dogs, guns and swat teams.

Aronson didn't walk away unscathed, either — he was seriously injured by a bullet and by police dogs. He was confined to a wheel-chair as he healed.

He spent  251 days in jail and credited with time and a half, was 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.

He had also just promised the court he was a changed man.

“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 is now in custody and again in a wheelchair.

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 convictions.

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