A Kamloops man with a history of criminal and driving offences will spend more time in prison for his latest string of violations, which included assaulting a police officer.
Grzegorz Senderek, 35, was sentenced on Wednesday to another 2 1/2 months in prison — he’s already served that much time — after pleading guilty to multiple offences. He was also fined a total of $1,750.
Senderek was already banned from driving for life and well known to police when he ran afoul of the law again last fall. In the course of being arrested following a complaint, he was belligerent and resisted. He later lunged at an officer in City cells.
Five days after his release, Senderek was found behind the wheel by a conservation officer making a routine hunting check near Jamieson Creek Road. Police were summoned and Senderek was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and for driving while suspended.
On Dec. 17, 2012, police observed him driving again, this time as he fishtailed his vehicle in a pub parking lot. An officer pulled him over, but Senderek drove away in that instance.
On Jan. 2, after he failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued, he was observed driving erratically on the Halston connector. Senderek was seen driving over the divider median and into Mount Paul Industrial Park.
There, his erratic behaviour continued. A police officer observed him stop abruptly in the middle of the road before he turned the vehicle into the ditch. He refused to provide a breath sample and at one point invited police to shoot him.
Crown prosecutor Neal Flanagan said Senderek’s mental health came into question, but no malady was detected.
“Mr. Senderek is just a difficult person,” Flanagan said. “He gets himself into a lot of difficulty because of his habit of thinking in a rigid and inflexible way. This causes conflict.”
Defence lawyer Renzo Caron said his client, born in Poland, was raised by a single mother who faced an added challenge as an immigrant. Senderek possesses skills and will have a job to return to upon his release, he said. The man’s mother also pleaded on his behalf, attributing her son’s troubles to alcohol and a language barrier.
Judge Hermann Rohrmoser agreed to a joint submission on sentencing that won’t include probation. Probation would serve no purpose, he said. He imposed a DNA order as well.
“If you continue with this oppositional behaviour, particularly with the police, it’s just going to be you paying the price with ever-escalating penalties and probably jail.”