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Jail for two police chases

A man who led police on two separate chases through the same area is spending some time behind bars.

Devon Shaun Forsyth, 29, pleaded guilty to flight from police, obstructing a peace officer, driving while prohibited and a failure to appear for trial among other charges and was sentenced Monday in Penticton provincial court.

Forsyth fled from police on Jan. 30 leading officers on a chase from Penticton to the Trout Creek area before he was apprehended. Oddly, he had led police on a similar chase on April 20, 2017, and was on a one year driving prohibition stemming from that incident when he was brought into custody in January.

Judge Michelle Daneliuk denied defence counsel Michael Patterson’s submission of a “last chance” conditional sentence with 24/7 house arrest, noting Forsyth’s now 12 total driving convictions and stating he “has been unable to, or unwilling, to follow court orders.”

Daneliuk handed down a sentence of just over eight months of jail time and a one-year driving prohibition, coming in well below the 434-day jail sentence put forward by Crown counsel Ann Lerchs.

“For the sake of driving don’t ruin the rest of your life in custody. It’s just not worth it,” Daneliuk said.



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