An Oliver man is serving his time in the community after receiving a conditional sentence for multiple games of “cat and mouse” with police.
Lloyd John Baptiste, 40, pleaded guilty to multiple offences over a two-year period including flight from police, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and breaching court orders.
In a joint submission agreed to by Crown prosecutor John Swanson and Defence counsel Michael Patterson, Baptiste was sentenced on Oct. 7 in provincial court in Penticton to a conditional sentence including attendance a treatment centre for addiction issues and a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Judge Michelle Daneliuk, while handing down the sentence Monday, noted that Baptiste likely would not have spent 54 days in custody if he had complied with police instead of playing “cat and mouse.”
“I appreciate that your lawyer has told me you have a lot of mistrust in police, but it’s a two-way street, and every time you run from them you’re creating mistrust in them too,” Daneliuk said.
Baptiste was driving near Black Sage Road April 23, 2017 when police attempted a traffic stop. Baptiste took off and eventually halted the pursuit. They later found the vehicle Baptiste was driving ,which was reported stolen overnight on April 15, 2017, abandoned near Harmony Crescent.
Baptiste fled from three further arrest attempts by police, one during an attempt to execute a warrant on Aug. 10, 2018. Police were unable to catch up after he fled on foot.
On Aug. 28, 2018 around 2 a.m. police again attempted to arrest Baptiste in a rural area on Osoyoos Indian Band land. During the arrest Crown said Baptiste struck the officer in the stomach area, broke free and successfully fled on foot.
On April 8, 2019, police spotted Baptiste around the Oliver RBC on Main Street around 4:45 a.m. possessing a backpack filled with break-and-enter tools, but again Baptiste fled — this time on a bike.
He was eventually taken into custody successfully on Aug. 15.
Baptiste has a minimal criminal history including one dated charge of fleeing police over 10 years ago. Baptiste spent 54 days behind bars since his arrest, which equates to 81 days in custody with enhanced, pre-trial custody credit.
Patterson said he has “no evidence,” but forwarded his client’s claims that Baptiste had previously been beaten up by police causing the initial distrust with authority.
“I’ll quit running from police,” Baptiste told Daneliuk, appearing in court via video from a correctional centre.
Baptiste was also subject to a one-year driving prohibition, and ordered to comply with curfew checks.