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Man sentenced 12 months for vehicle theft, impaired driving

Josiah Thomas pleaded guilty to numerous charges including vehicle theft, dangerous driving, and impaired driving

THUNDER BAY - A Thunder Bay man who pleaded guilty to numerous charges including vehicle theft and impaired driving will remain in custody for another 138 days.

Josiah Thomas, 27, appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom on Tuesday to enter a plea and be sentenced from several incidents that occurred in late 2020 and early 2021.

The charges include several counts of breaching a probation order by failing to keep the peace, obstructing a police officer by providing a false name, and possession of ammunition while under a prohibition order from two incidents in October and December 2020.

An incident in February 2021 at a north side hotel resulted in further charges of unlawful possession of a schedule one substance, being fentanyl, and mischief for damaging property.

On Feb. 20, 2021, Thomas was charged with several other offences after Thunder Bay Police Service officers observed a van travelling at a high rate of speed on Edward Street North, where it also ran through a red light and collided with another vehicle and continued without stopping.

Police attempted to pull the vehicle over but it did not comply and the driver attempted to evade police after entering a parking lot. After leaving the parking lot, the vehicle went over a curb and onto the sidewalk, eventually coming to a stop in a snowbank.

Police observed the driver crawl into the back seat and attempt to get out through a passenger door and was apprehended.

The driver was identified as Thomas and he was charged with breach of probation, impaired driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and motor vehicle theft.

Thomas pleaded guilty to all charges before the courts and was sentenced to 12 months in custody minus time served, leaving him with 138 days left in his sentence.

He was also given two years probation and is required to submit a DNA sample, a weapons prohibition, a driving prohibition, and is required to keep the peace.


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