Prolific offender sentenced, RCMP officer suffered broken ankle during arrest

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
May 2, 2019 - 7:57am Updated: May 2, 2019 - 10:27am

Prolific offender Thomas Chambers of Parksville was handed a 3-month jail sentence for a recent crime spree.Facebook

NANAIMO — A chronic offender was sentenced to three months in jail after a police pursuit in Parksville led to a broken ankle for an RCMP officer.

Thomas Donald Chambers, 23, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, mischief and possession of property obtained by crime for incidents on April 18.

The agreed statement of facts heard Tuesday at provincial court in Nanaimo revealed Chambers broke into a pair of vehicles in French Creek on Cimmaron Court.

Chambers stole a wallet from a truck and then used a credit card to make several purchases at a Parksville gas station. He told the gas station clerk he was using his mother's credit card.

Surveillance video at the gas station positively identified Chambers, who was found by police 30 minutes later riding a bike along Hirst Ave.

The arrest was complicated by a broken ankle, suffered by a veteran corporal who fell when trying to grab Chambers.

Crown prosecutor Basil McCormick said the injury to the police officer was unintentional.

Chambers was arrested on scene.

His lawyer said he suffered a heroin addiction due to long-term pain medication he was prescribed after a serious car crash years before.

He's been in and out of jail since 2016 for property crimes in the Oceanside area.

A 72-day jail sentence remains for Chambers who was credited for time already served behind bars.

He was also handed one year probation.

 

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