No Jail for Car Theft, Vandalism, Dangerous Driving, Police Chase, etc.
CC: s.348(1)(b) x 2 – Break and Enter and Commit Theft & Mischief, s.334(b) – Theft (motor vehicle), s.811 – Breach Peace Bond, s.145(3) – Breach Recognizance, s.137 x 6 – Breach Youth Court Order, s.249(1)(a) – Dangerous driving, s.249.1 – Flight from Police, s.355(b) – Possession of Stolen Property (motor vehicle), s.252(1)(b) – Hit & Run.
My client had numerous charges arising from various incidents. In essence, he broke into a school and stole some valuable property, then broke into a garage and vandalized some property, including a motor vehicle. He then stole a car and drove it into Calgary. After that car ran out of gas, he stole another car and met up with a friend who had stolen a car as well. They drove their stolen cars dangerously through residential neighborhoods, causing motor vehicle accidents and fleeing from the scene. He was pursued by police and was apprehended after a foot chase, using K-9 police dogs to find him hiding underneath a parked vehicle. At the time, he was out on bail for other outstanding charges. He was also on probation for previous convictions.
The Crown was seeking a lengthy period of incarceration. He received a sentence of deferred custody and supervision. Basically, he was put on probation again. No jail.