The Calgary man accused of escaping police in a stolen pickup truck late in April has been sentenced to nine months in prison followed by a year and a half of probation and an 18-month licence suspension.
Kenneth Peter Nepoose, 20, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court earlier this month to charges of evading police, possession of the proceeds of crime and driving while the alcohol content in his blood exceeded the legal limit.
Nepoose has been in custody since his arrest on April 30 following a pursuit during which police clocked the vehicle he was driving at speeds exceeding 160 kilometres per hour.
Const. Steve Molnar, media contact for the Innisfail RCMP, alleged at the time that motorists on Hwy 2 had alerted police to a northbound pickup truck driving erratically and at high speeds. Callers said they saw the trucking swerving and that it entered the ditch and came back onto the pavement at least once.
The truck sped off when sheriffs attempted to pull it over and then turned onto Range Road 284.
Sheriffs did not pursue the fleeing vehicle once it got onto the network of gravel roads in the area, said Molnar.
Innisfail RCMP were later called by a rural landowner and found the pickup truck, alleged at the time to have been stolen in Calgary, driven into a field and stuck.
Nepoose fled on foot, but was captured and arrested.