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Home invader pleads guilty to aggravated assaults

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 entered guilty pleas in Richmond provincial court on Monday 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 on 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 negotiating 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.

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