Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo reported the sentencing of a Pennsylvania man who stole a police car, injuring a patrol officer and initiated a chase that spanned two states.

Superior Court Judge Samuel Natal sentenced Blake Bills, M.25, of Macungie, PA, to 17 years incarceration in a New Jersey state prison on a count of Carjacking. He must serve 85 percent of that term before he is eligible for parole. He was also sentenced to eight years incarceration on a count of Eluding. The eight year term is to be served concurrently.

Bills pleaded guilty in June.

Bills admitted in his plea to getting in an empty police cruiser about 9:50 a.m on March 5 and driving directly into Officer Sekou Reid-Bay, who is still recovering from his injuries. Bills then drove around the block once and picked up his girlfriend Shayna Sykes at Mickle Boulevard and Haddon Avenue. They fled from police east on Admiral Wilson Boulevard into Pennsauken, then back into Camden on the same road. The two crossed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and were apprehended in Philadelphia after an extensive pursuit.

Sykes, F/24, of Macungie, PA, is charged with Loitering to Obtain a CDS, with 3rd degree Receiving Stolen Property, 3rd degree Criminal Attempted Auto Theft and 3rd degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft in connection with her part in the incident that resulted in the police car theft and chase. She is pending trial on those charges.

All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.