The owner of a stolen truck from Kelowna tracked his vehicle by computer, advising RCMP of each kilometre driven.
The GPS unit helped police in Clinton arrest Tyson Glen Miller, who took the vehicle from his employer on an unauthorized drive.
Miller pleaded guilty Monday in provincial court to a single count of taking a motor vehicle without consent.
Crown prosecutor Alex Janse said the pickup was reported missing from a Kelowna auto customizing shop on May 4 last year. It was equipped with a GPS tracking unit.
“The owner was able to track the unit on his computer,” she said.
Information was relayed to RCMP in Clinton, where Miller was arrested without incident.
His blood-alcohol readings were slightly above the legal limit but he was not charged with impaired driving. A can of open beer and small amount of marijuana were also found in the truck.
Defence lawyer Ken Sommerfeld said Miller took the vehicle in order to tow a trailer and remove his possessions from a Prince George residence. He’d recently broken up with his girlfriend.
Miller, 33, has a criminal record, including for obstructing police and possession of stolen property. He now lives and works in the Okanagan at a health food store and as a personal trainer.
Crown and defence entered a joint submission, asking for a 90-day conditional sentence with a curfew between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Judge Hermann Rohrmoser agreed with the submission.
Miller must also abstain from drinking alcohol.