Patrick Young was sentenced to 10-years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to five of 31 charges related to a standoff with police at a Redwater motel on Christmas day 2012.
The incident began two days earlier when the 23-year-old was pulled over for a routine traffic check at 165th Street and 100th Avenue on Dec. 23, 2012. The court said Young panicked, believing there was a warrant out for his arrest, and drove away.
Police pursued Young for three blocks before he eventually pulled over. He then got out of the vehicle, walked towards the police car with a sawed off shotgun and fired at officers.
Police returned fire, shooting through the windshield of Young’s vehicle. He managed to flee the scene. Officers were not injured in the incident.
Young’s vehicle was found nearby a few hours later, but police did not find the man until he was spotted two days later in a motel in Redwater, about 50 kilometres north of Edmonton.
RCMP and Edmonton city police officers surrounded the motel, at one point blocking highway access into town. Young surrendered seven hours later and was arrested.
History of drug abuse
Defense lawyer Robert Shaigec said Young was in a “drug-induced condition” when he was taken into police custody.
Shaigec also said there was evidence of a “dangerous level of IV drug use in the motel room” and that Young had an “enormous struggle throughout his life with drugs.”
Young had been addicted to drugs since he was 13-years-old, said Shaigec.
Justice Terry Clackson told the court the police deserved credit for the manner in which they dealt with Young during the standoff.
“That there was a peaceful surrender is a testament to their professional behaviour, especially after he took a shot at them two days earlier,” Clackson said.