Kamloops judge says it's time for criminal to grow up

Jeffrey Welsh, 38, has a lengthy criminal history. He pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving stemming from an incident nearly 12 months ago

A Kamloops judge urged a city man to “grow up” on Monday after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a head-on collision last year that began with a police pursuit down Highland Drive from Juniper Ridge.

In addition to 90 days in jail, Jeffrey Welsh will also be prohibited from driving for the next two years.

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The 38-year-old, who has a lengthy criminal history, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving stemming from an incident nearly 12 months ago.

Court heard police received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Skeena Drive in Juniper on Jan. 26, 2018. The licence plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen and was connected to an ongoing investigation, so Mounties converged on the area and waited for the car to begin moving.

After about an hour, an officer saw the car heading down Highland Drive toward Valleyview and began to follow it. The car sped away and Mounties at the bottom of the hill were told the vehicle was on its way.

At some point, the car entered oncoming lanes and, near the intersection of Highland Drive and Valleyview Road, it came around a bend and collided almost head-on with a pickup truck being driven by an elderly man.

“The driver of the Ford pickup truck tried to avoid the collision, but really had nowhere to go,” Crown prosecutor Andrew Duncan said.

An officer at the bottom of the hill witnessed the crash and arrested Welsh.

“I expect 38-year-old men to be more responsible — the community does,” Kamloops provincial court Judge Chris Cleaveley said. “You need to grow up.”

Cleaveley agreed to allow Welsh to serve his sentence on weekends so he can maintain his employment in construction, meaning he will spend Fridays to Sundays behind bars until well into May.

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