Flight from police in stolen pickup earns jail time

A Quesnel man was sentenced Tuesday to 395 days in jail for leading police on a wild and lengthy chase while behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck.

Eric Roger Johnson, 27, was also sentenced to 18 months probation and issued a two-year driving prohibition for the February 10 incident that began when Quesnel RCMP were told a pickup had gone missing from a parking lot in the community 116 kilometres south of Prince George.

article continues below

An officer spotted the vehicle on Highway 97 heading north. When the member tried to pull Johnson over, he took off. In the name of public safety, RCMP chose not to pursue him but Prince George and North District RCMP were alerted and an RCMP helicopter was deployed.

RCMP tried for a second time to pull Johnson over at Red Rock but without success and he kept on going. With RCMP converging and the helicopter overhead, Johnson's ride ended at Ginter's Field where he tried but failed to flee on foot.

Johnson was driving like an "absolute madman" according to a witness.

"He did a couple 360s and ended up swerving in behind me so I pulled over," Britt Bruneau told the Citizen at the time.

No one was injured but Johnson did collide with a marked RCMP vehicle during the pursuit.

Johnson, who has remained in custody since his arrest for a total of 99 days, was sentenced on four counts. He received 395 days for dangerous driving, and concurrent terms of 213 days for fleeing police and motor vehicle theft. He was also convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08. The probation applies to all the counts and the driving prohibition to all but the theft count.

- with files from Frank Peebles

Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Prince George Citizen welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. Comments that contain external links will not be permitted. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Trudeau Conflict of Interest POLL

Should the RCMP investigate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for obstruction of justice after the ethics commissioner found Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act in the SNC-Lavalin affair?

or  view results

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!
  • 97/16

    Prince George's Weekly News

Popular Citizen

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.

Lowest Gas Prices in Prince George
Prince George Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com