Prison for gun charges

The man who led police on a high-speed chase in Cherryville just over a year ago has been sent to prison.

Court documents show 24-year-old Travis Keath Alois Blaeser was sentenced to almost two-and-a-half years in a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty on Wednesday to four counts including reckless discharge of a firearm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Police were called to the home that Blaeser shared with his 25-year-old girlfriend last May, for reports of a domestic disturbance. He had been drinking heavily and became agitated when a friend came to pick up his girlfriend and their two-month-old child.

He went outside with a gun and pointed it at the female friend, before shooting out one of her tires. The women were able to safely escape and call for help.

Blaeser meanwhile fled in a green Jeep Cherokee, reaching speeds up to 150 km/h as he tried to elude Vernon RCMP.

He was arrested the next day following a standoff as he attempted to hide in a remote part of Cherryville. The RCMP’s emergency response team and a helicopter were called to assist.

Blaeser was also handed an 18-month driving prohibition and a lifetime firearms ban.


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