B.C. carjacker in violent chase has sentence reduced

Nickolas Bullock, 27, who led police on a wild and violent chase across B.C., has been sentenced to two years less a day in Port Coqutilam provincial court.

Nickolas Bullock, who was pursued by police from Port Coquitlam to Cranbrook, gets 2 years less a day

Joyrider Nickolas Bullock, 27, and a 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named, were both in the car when he led police on a wild car chase from Port Coquitlam, to Cranbrook. (Annalee Grant/Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

Nickolas Bullock, 27, who led police on a wild and violent chase across B.C., was sentenced to two years less a day, in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Tuesday. 

Judge Deidre Pothecary told Bullock his offence merited a six-year prison sentence, but for reasons that can't be reported due to a court-ordered publication ban, reduced it to two years less a day. 

She asked him whether he was aware of the opportunity he'd just been handed.

During the chase from Port Coquitlam to Cranbrook in October 2012, Bullock was shot at 11 times and hit twice by pursuing police after carjacking two vehicles using bear spray.

Cranbrook RCMP Const. Richard Drought has since been charged in connection with Bullock's shooting.

Bullock pleaded guilty to four charges in relation to the incident, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from a police officer.

Carjacker reveals bullet wound in court

However, at his initial sentencing hearing in Cranbrook, he removed his shirt to reveal two bullet entry and exit wounds and claimed that Drought fired into his vehicle 11 times.

Officers from the Independent Investigations Office went to the scene of the shooting in Cranbrook on October 3, 2012. (Annalee Grant/Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

A 17-year-old girl in the car with Bullock at the time was not injured.

The shooting was referred to the Independent Investigations Office, which forwarded a report to the Criminal Justice Branch in April, before a decision was made to lay formal charges.

Drought was charged with intentionally discharging a firearm into a motor vehicle, knowing that another person was in the motor vehicle, and intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless as to the life or safety of another person.

Drought says he feared Bullock was armed and was trying to run him down.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of slightly more than nine years because, they said, Bullock is a violent repeat offender. 

However, Bullock's lawyer, Gary Botting told the court the police action was "an egregious form of misconduct and excessive force and should in part reduce Bullock's sentence."

With files from the CBC'S Jason Proctor


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