High-speed chase in ve­hi­cle with miss­ing wheel lands man in jail

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

A man has been sen­tenced to 13 months in jail after he fled from the RCMP in cen­tral Alberta while driv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle with a miss­ing front tire.

Gre­gory Whit­ford, a 37-yearold Nan­ton res­i­dent, faced 13 charges fol­low­ing a chase in and around Syl­van Lake nearly two years ago.

He pleaded guilty May 9 to four counts, in­clud­ing as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, flight from po­lice, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty over $5,000 and pos­sess­ing iden­tity doc­u­ments be­long­ing to an­other per­son.

Court heard that on July 6, 2016, po­lice in Syl­van Lake spot­ted a pickup with a dam­aged front driver’s-side wheel.

They then dis­cov­ered that the li­cence plate didn’t match the ve­hi­cle.

The lone oc­cu­pant sped away and tried to hit a Moun­tie, who man­aged to jump out of the way and was not in­jured.

De­spite not hav­ing a front wheel, the driver man­aged to speed through Syl­van Lake and into an in­dus­trial park be­fore he even­tu­ally stopped and was ar­rested.

Whit­ford was also fined $800 and faces a year of pro­ba­tion upon re­lease.

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