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Lethbridge man sentenced to 17 months in jail for flight from police; crashing stolen SUV

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A stolen vehicle crashing into a building last spring has resulted in a 17 month jail term for a Lethbridge man.

On the morning of March 20, 2020 Lethbridge Police responded to a report an SUV had been stolen from a home along the 4400 block of 40th avenue south.

Later that afternoon it was spotted in the Dairy Queen drive-thru on 12th avenue south and while police tried using a pinning technique, the driver fled and hit one of the police cruisers.

As the suspect accelerated to try to get away, the vehicle hit the side of a Motel 6 office building.

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Damage to the building and vehicle was estimated between $75,000 and $100,000.

Anthony Douglas Johnston was sentenced on Thursday on charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000; possession of stolen property under $5,000; flight from a peace officer; operation of a vehicle while prohibited; and possession of a prohibited firearm.

With time spent in pre-trial custody he has about two months (58 days) left to serve on his 17 month sentence.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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