Bullock gets two years jail

Man charged over carjacking, police chase sentenced

The man charged over an October 2012 carjacking near Creston and subsequent police chase through Cranbrook has been sentenced to another two years jail for the offenses.

Nickolas Bullock, 27, pleaded guilty last July to two counts of robbery, one count of assault with a weapon, one count of dangerous driving, and one count of evading a police pursuit, resulting from a crime spree on October 2, 2012, that began in Port Coquitlam and ended in Cranbrook.

The case was being heard in Port Coquitlam before Judge Deirdre Pothecary.

On Tuesday, April 1, Judge Pothecary handed down her decision on Bullock’s sentencing.

In what the judge referred to as a spree, Bullock and his 17-year-old girlfriend, who can’t be named because she was a youth at the time, stole a vehicle in Coquitlam on October 2, 2012 at about 3 a.m., with Bullock using bear spray on the victims. They drove across B.C. in the stolen vehicle.

At about 8:30 p.m. on October 2, a snowy night, a Creston man driving through Kitchener was flagged down by a male and female who claimed to be out of gas. When the pair got into the vehicle, Bullock ordered the man to get out and then bear sprayed him, taking off the man’s vehicle.

Later that same night, a police officer in Cranbrook saw the vehicle entering Cranbrook and tried to pull it over. The driver did not stop, leading to a high-speed pursuit through Cranbrook that ended in a rural driveway.

The police officer involved has been charged following an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

Judge Pothecary placed a ban that prohibits publication of the events after Bullock came to a stop in that Cranbrook driveway until the conclusion of the case involving the police officer.

While in custody in Cranbrook the week after his arrest, Bullock also racked up a charge of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm against a guard and police officer. He has pleaded guilty to that charge also.

On Tuesday, April 1, Judge Pothecary sentenced Bullock to six years jail for the two counts of robbery, two years for assault with a weapon, two years for dangerous driving, three years for the police pursuit, and six months for uttering threats. All sentences will be served at the same time, for a total of six years.

However, she gave Bullock credit for time served awaiting his sentencing at time and a half because he was in protective custody for much of that time. That reduced his sentence by two years.

It was reduced by another two years for reasons that can’t be revealed because of the publication ban.

That means that Bullock will serve another two years in prison.

The case involving the police officer is still before the courts, with the next appearance on May 20.