Jail time for man who fled police

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A Yellowknife man who led police on a high-speed pursuit through Ndilo has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Darrick Beaulieu, 37, apologized in territorial court Monday for what Judge Garth Malakoe called a “total disregard” for public safety.

On Aug. 12, a Yellowknife Mountie attempted to pull over Beaulieau – whom the officer believed to be prohibited from driving – before the offender sped away. RCMP pursued Beaulieau – who drove at a high speed back to Latham Island, passing a playground – before calling off the chase for the sake of public safety.

Mounties later spotted Beaulieu at a Ndilo residence, but he evaded police following a short foot chase. He was located and arrested two days later. The incident marked the second time Beaulieu evaded police. In December 2017, he fled RCMP on foot after being pulled over for impaired driving.

He pleaded guilty to fleeing lawful custody and refusing to provide a breath sample. For the August police chase, Beaulieu pleaded guilty to evading police.

For the two incidents, Malakoe, who said Beaulieu’s actions threatened the people of Yellowknife and Ndilo, sentenced him to a 60-day intermittent sentence – served on weekends – and a two-year driving ban.