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Guilty plea in violent home invasion

Suspect arrested in low speed chase near Salmon Arm
Low-speed chase: A man arrested between Salmon Arm and Sicamous in November has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a violent home invasion in Richmond.

A 57-year-old Richmond man has pleaded guilty in connection to a violent home invasion last November that ended hours later with a dramatic low-speed police chase on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Bruce William MacDonald recently entered guilty pleas in Richmond provincial court to two counts of aggravated assault, failure to comply with a court order, uttering death threats and breaking and entering.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 26, MacDonald broke into a home in the 9300 block of Parksville Drive in West Richmond, where he attacked a man and a woman inside. Both suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

MacDonald fled the scene before police arrived.

Local Mounties sent out an alert that MacDonald might be headed toward Salmon Arm, and were nego-tiating with him over his cellular phone as he drove down the Trans- Canada Highway, at speeds well below the posted limit.

He was tracked from overhead by an RCMP helicopter. MacDonald eventually pulled over and was arrested without incident.

He is also facing assault and uttering death threat charges in a domestic violence incident from early October.