Regina man sentenced for trying to run over police officers
A Regina man who nearly ran over two police officers last summer has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Patrick Wesley Cyr, 34, was behind the wheel of a stolen SUV and high on the drugs Ritalin and Talwin when police tried to arrest him.
At one point, the officers were out of their patrol cruiser and moving to detain Cyr when he surprised them by aiming the vehicle at one of the officers and hitting the gas.
He missed the first officer, but then moved to run down the second, who jumped out of the way, injuring his leg.
That officer fired three shots at the windshield. Inside, Cyr was hit in the head by bullet fragments.
While he suffered serious injuries, he did recover sufficiently to face several charges.
In a plea bargain, Cyr admitted guilt to two counts of assault with a weapon. The weapon, in this case, was the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving.
Cyr had originally been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
During provincial court proceedings in Regina on Tuesday, Cyr apologized for what happened.
"I am sorry for whatever I committed," he said, adding, "I don't remember."
Drug tests showed Cyr was affected by the drugs Talwin and Ritalin, at the time.
Court learned that Cyr still has bullet fragments in his brain and he now suffers from headaches.
Despite that, the court was told Cyr took some grade school courses while in prison awaiting court proceedings, and that he successfully complete Grades 7 and 8.
In addition to the prison time, Judge Kenneth Bellerose ordered two years of probation following Cyr's release.
Cyr's lawyer said his client had been a victim of abuse at a residential school.