01/10/2017 12:27 EST | Updated 01/11/2018 00:12 EST

Southern Alberta woman sent to prison for string of crimes last year

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A 22-year-old southern Alberta woman has been sent to prison for a string of crimes that included vehicle thefts, a police chase, drugs and fraudulent identification.

Alyssa Chantel Krushel pleaded guilty to stealing two vehicles left running outside Lethbridge businesses in November.

Police located one of the vehicles and tried to pull Krushel over, but she sped up to 70 km/h in a residential neighbourhood, so the officer ended the pursuit.

A few days later, police found Krushel and pulled in behind her car, but when an officer approached, she reversed and struck him with the side mirror before she drove over the sidewalk.

She drove into the path of another cruiser, which hit her car, before she caused a three-vehicle collision, although no one was seriously injured.

A search of the vehicle – which had also been stolen – turned up drugs, numerous pieces of identification in other people's names and items stolen from a salon.

The Crown told court that Krushel admitted everything to police shortly after her arrest and had wanted to enter guilty pleas early. The prosecutor also touched on Krushel's guilty pleas to a number of crimes dating back to last summer — including multiple cheque- cashing frauds.

"They were fuelled by a very serious drug problem," Vaughan Hartigan told court.

Defence lawyer Scott Hadford said Krushel has been struggling with addiction issues and hopes to get help while in custody.

The Crown and defence presented a joint submission, which was accepted by the judge, for 30 months in prison. That's to be followed by a two-year driving ban once Krushel is release.

She was given credit for two months spent in pre-trial custody.