Man pleads guilty in Camden to carjacking in police chase

Posted: June 07, 2014

A man who stole a Camden police cruiser and led officers on a wild chase across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge with his girlfriend pleaded guilty Thursday in Camden to carjacking and eluding.

Blake Bills, 25, of Macungie, Pa., had already pleaded guilty in Philadelphia in October to an array of charges connected to the three-day, drug-fueled crime spree.

Police said it began March 3, 2013, when a Camden cruiser rolled over while chasing Bills and Shayna Sykes, 24, after an alleged drug deal.

Two days later, authorities said, Bills stole an unoccupied Camden cruiser while Officer Sekou Reid-Bey was performing a traffic stop. Bills drove into Reid-Bey while escaping and broke one of his legs, police said. Bills and Sykes later told police they had been homeless for several days, and were coming off heroin and cocaine highs.

Bills then allegedly picked up Sykes a block away and led police on a chase down the Admiral Wilson Boulevard and onto the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Once in Philadelphia, Bills raced through stop lights and traveled at up to 60 m.p.h. before crashing into a home at Seventh and Norris Streets.

Bills was arrested after the crash, but Sykes stole a Philadelphia cruiser and fled.

That pursuit ended with the cruiser in flames in the 1100 block of Hope Street.

Sykes was sentenced Sept. 30 to three to eight years in prison. Bills was sentenced in Philadelphia to a term of 21/2 to 10 years.

In New Jersey, he likely faces a sentence of at least 17 years.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 3.


mboren@phillynews.com856-779-3829 @borenmc

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