A young man from Taber, who previously pleaded guilty to four charges in relation to the assault of a Lethbridge Police officer, was handed his sentence on Thursday (Jan. 3).
Pedro Friesen, 20, pleaded guilty to assaulting a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer and possession of property obtained by crime in October.
During the early morning on January 30, an LPS officer saw a vehicle, which was previously reported stolen, pulling into a parking lot along Palm Road South at a high speed. He grabbed the door handle and told the driver to get out.
Instead, the suspect pulled forward and then reversed, pushing the officer back several feet before fleeing the scene. The officer suffered minor injuries, and the stolen vehicle was found abandoned several days later.
Friesen was sentenced to 60 days in jail for that offence, and will not be allowed to drive for one year.
Crown prosecutor, Darwyn Ross, noted that this case highlights "the lack of respect for our officers we don't want to tolerate." Defence lawyer, Miranda Hlady, says her client struggles with substance abuse, but acknowledges that he reacted poorly.