A prolific offender with four dozen convictions to his name is facing more than two years in jail for stealing a truck and trailer in Abbotsford, fleeing police on Highway 1, before crashing off an embankment at the Prest Road exit in Chilliwack last summer.
|Michael Joseph Hasell|
Michael Joseph Hasell wore standard Surrey Pre-trial issued red sweats as he was rolled in a wheelchair into courtroom 203 in Chilliwack provincial court by deputy sheriffs on April 17.
Prior to him stealing the truck and trailer in Abbotsford last July, Hasell had stolen a motorized scooter in Chilliwack, crashed it and broken both his legs.
Crown counsel Henry Waldock outlined a chronology of bad behaviour that culminated in the truck theft and the crash that occurred near a pedestrian on Prest Road.
“Mr. Hasell has proved himself to be dangerous and unmanageable in the community,” Waldock said, pointing to him leaving a recovery house just one day after checking in last year before the stolen truck, a recovery house he was suppose to attend as part of a conditional sentence order.
Another example of bad behaviour Waldock provided almost ended in Hasell being shot two months before the vehicle theft. Hasell was in a black Ford Mustang on Fletcher Street on May 23, 2018 outside a drug house. The house was under surveillance by RCMP, and Hasell’s girlfriend swore at him as he drove by before a man, Corey Richard Emery, came out and shot at the Mustang with a pellet gun.
Emery, who himself is a prolific offender and well-known to police, was charged with assault with a weapon but eventually convicted of mischief and sentenced to a year of probation and time served. He still faces a trial on four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Hasell’s stolen truck and trailer incident happened two months after the Fletcher Street shooting on July 17, 2018.
After that crash on Prest Road, a witness said he saw the truck and trailer roll into the dense blackberry bushes on the embankment on the east side of Prest south of the highway.
The witness said he went to help when he saw a man emerge from the bushes, yelling “I need to get the f—- out of here.”
That’s when a huge police presence descended on the scene, some officers with guns drawn.
Waldock told Judge Richard Browning he was asking for 12 months each for the vehicle theft and the fleeing from police to run consecutively. He also asked the court for three months jail for the scooter theft, and three more months for a breach for a total of 30 months jail.
Hasell has an extensive record with 47 criminal convictions in B.C. and Alberta.
Judge Browning reserved his decision to until June 20.