Camas burglar gets 90 months for break-in, police chase

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: January 7, 2013, 7:07 PM

 

A 24-year-old former Arlington man was sentenced Monday in Clark County Superior Court to 90 months in prison for a Prune Hill burglary and three-hour manhunt on Nov. 19 in Camas.

Bradley Eric Jensen pleaded guilty Dec. 14 to first-degree burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, third-degree assault, second-degree possession of stolen property and misdemeanor vehicle prowling. In exchange for his guilty plea, other charges, including a hit-and-run of a police officer’s vehicle, were dropped.

“I am sincerely sorry for any pain I caused,” Jensen said. He blamed drug use for his behavior and vowed to take advantage of prison education and therapy programs to improve himself.

Judge Scott Collier opted for a longer sentence than the prosecution’s recommendation of 87 months because of Jensen’s extensive felony record of similar crimes.

“You’re lucky, in this scenario, you didn’t get shot,” Collier said.

He said he wondered how many times Jensen had made the same promise at sentencing hearings for past felony convictions.

“I believe you could mean it, but you have not done the follow-through,” Collier said.

Pierce County charges

Jensen broke into a Prune Hill woman’s home Nov. 19 in the 1600 block of Northwest 27th Avenue and stole jewelry and other personal items before attempting to flee in a stolen white Honda, authorities said. Two Camas police officers sustained minor injuries as they attempted to apprehend Jensen. At one point, Jensen struck a police vehicle with the stolen vehicle. After he crashed the Honda in a nearby yard, he fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood and was apprehended nearly three hours later by officers and police dogs.

Jensen, who is homeless, also faces criminal charges in Pierce County.

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