Duo on trial for lakecity crime spree

An alleged crime spree on June 16, 2012 is the focus of a month-long trial which got underway Monday in Williams Lake Supreme Court.

An alleged crime spree on June 16, 2012 is the focus of a month-long trial which got underway Monday in Williams Lake Supreme Court.

According to Crown, the alleged incident involved the theft of a vehicle, attempted break-ins, endangering the life of a police officer and a police chase at speeds up to 150 km an hour through the streets of Williams Lake, culminating in an arrest in Alexis Creek.

On trial are Blake Johnny and Perry Johnny, who both pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Alfred Kaiser is legal counsel for Perry, while lawyer Michael Barbour represents Blake.

At the beginning of the trial Monday, Crown counsel Julie Dufour outlined a series of events that led to the charges.

They included an attempted break-in at the Overlander liquor store and Huston Agencies and theft of property valued under $5,000. The Johnnys are also charged with theft of a truck from a residence on Broadway Avenue South, dangerous operation of the vehicle and failing to stop when pursued by police. Perry is charged with assault and endangering the life of a police officer by driving the truck towards him.

Dufour told Justice Mark McEwan it is estimated Crown will call its last of 12 witnesses by Oct. 15.

An extra week has been set aside for the trial if necessary.