Prolific con caught stealing home
He stole a car in an attempt to get home in time for his court-ordered curfew. As a result, a Kamloops prolific offender will spend the next three months behind bars.
Tyrell Malcolm Kinbasket pleaded guilty last week in Kamloops provincial court to charges of theft under $5,000 and flight from police.
Court heard the 20-year-old and his girlfriend were at a friend’s house on Salish Road on the night of June 28.
At about 11 p.m., Kinbasket began asking people for a ride home in order to make his court-imposed curfew.
He asked the homeowner, who said she couldn’t because her vehicle wasn’t insured. The homeowner then went to bed, but awoke a short time later to find her vehicle gone.
Police spotted a car being driven erratically an hour later on Mount Paul Way. Mounties followed the vehicle south over the Red Bridge and onto Lorne Street.
When an officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver it raced off west toward Riverside Park.
Police then called off the chase in the interest of public safety, but noticed the vehicle turn right onto Uji Way — a dead end leading to Riverside Park’s west parking lot.
An officer then saw the driver — later determined to be Kinbasket — jump out of the car and head toward the river. After that, he was gone.
Three hours later, a Mountie in the area of Kinbasket’s home noticed a taxi pulling up to the house. He saw a wet, cold Kinbasket getting out of the vehicle and promptly arrested him.
Kinbasket later told police he was trying to get home for curfew and thought he was going to drown when he was hiding in the river.
Kinbasket said he was thinking of his friend who died in the river in a similar manner three years ago.
In May 2008, John Dyson drowned while attempting to swim away from police near Pioneer Park.
Kinbasket was sentenced to 90 days for the theft of the vehicle, plus concurrent 30-day and 75-day sentences for fleeing police and breaching conditions. He was also handed a one-year driving ban.