A delivery truck driver who rammed his vehicle into five Winnipeg police cars and led officers on a highway chase outside the city in July has been sentenced to 2½ years behind bars.

Wayne Rennie pleaded guilty to mischief, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and fleeing from a peace officer, all related to the events of July 20.

He has received two nine-month sentences on the latter two charges, to be served consecutively. He was also handed a 12-month sentence on the mischief charge but was credited seven months for time already served.

Wayne Rennie

Wayne Rennie has been sentenced to 2.5 years behind bars after pleading guilty to mischief, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and fleeing from a peace officer. (@Waynerennie22/Twitter)

Rennie backed the large truck into five Winnipeg Police Service vehicles — two marked cars and three unmarked cars — parked outside the Public Safety Building on Princess Avenue.

The smash-up, which caused extensive damage to the vehicles, was witnessed by news crews covering a protest by medicinal marijuana advocates outside the police headquarters.

Police said it happened about two hours after Rennie received a ticket for using a cellphone while driving.

After the police cars were damaged, dozens of city police and RCMP cars chased the truck on the Trans-Canada Highway west from Winnipeg. The truck was eventually stopped about 100 kilometres away, near Portage la Prairie, Man.

In addition to time behind bars, Rennie will have to pay Manitoba Public Insurance the cost of repairing the police cars.

Map: Winnipeg police cars damaged

The police cars were smashed along Princess Street near William Avenue, outside the parkade by the Public Safety Building. (CBC)