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Blake Bills sentenced in Camden, NJ for stealing police car

He and girlfriend Shayna Sykes will spend years in prison for 2013 incident.

Blake Bills sentenced

A Lehigh County man who admitted leading police on a chase that started in Camden and ended in Philadelphia is heading to jail.

Blake Bills was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in jail in connection with a chase back in March of 2013. He pleaded guilty in June.

Police said the 25-year-old Macungie man and his girlfriend Shayna Sykes stole a police car in Camden, drove into a police officer, drove over the bridge into Philadelphia and crashed.

Sykes, 24, also of Macungie, was charged with receiving stolen property, attempted auto theft, and related charges, in connection with her part in the incident.

She is awaiting trial on those charges.

Bills was also sentenced to eight years for eluding police. Officials said that term will be served concurrently with the 17-year sentence.

Court officials said Bills must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.

The two were apparently on a three-day drug binge who talked of quitting drugs but agreed to go out with a bang, allegedly stealing two police cruisers in two states.

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