December 3rd, 2020

Man sentenced for fleeing from police, other charges


By Shurtz, Delon on November 3, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 28-year-old man who began using hard drugs when he was only a young boy hopes to finally end his cycle of crime after he gets out of custody next year.

Kyle Jordan Dean was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of fleeing from police, failing to comply with release conditions, driving while prohibited, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle and dangerous driving.

Jordan’s most recent troubles began on June 7 when city police noticed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot and recognized the driver, Jordan, as a person from another investigation. As he and the police interacted, Jordan drove into the police car, disabling it, and sped away.

“It was certainly dangerous driving,” noted Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles.

At the time Jordan was also prohibited from driving, and the vehicle was not insured or registered.

The following month, while he was on release conditions not to be behind the wheel of a vehicle, police saw him get into a vehicle in Fort Macleod and drive away. After police activated their emergency lights, Jordan “took off,” crashed through a fence, sped through town, blew through a four-way stop and even drove over a spike belt, but never stopped. The chase finally ended when he couldn’t get past a water truck blocking the road for construction.

Jordan, who was still a prohibited driver, was searched upon his arrest, during which police found crack cocaine and fentanyl in the car.

Lethbridge lawyer Wade Hlady explained Jordan has suffered for years from drug addiction, beginning when he was only 10 years old. He is, however, working with his family to receive treatment when he is released from jail, and hopes to do better, Hlady added.

In addition to his jail sentence, for which he was credited 161 days for pre-trial custody, Jordan was also prohibited from driving for another year.

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