A man who was shot after he tried to run over a policeman was yesterday ordered to pay a $5,000 fine to avoid spending 18 months in prison.
Claude Almirra, who is also known as Claude Louise, had already spent two months on remand when he pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous instrument.
Almirra’s plea came as the prosecution was about to open its case against him.
Almirra, 38, was driving his Ford Expedition when he crashed into a parked car around 1 a.m. on November 20, 2019.
Officers at the nearby Carmichael Road Police Station went outside the station to investigate the collision as Almirra was about to flee the scene.
When PC 4053 King tried to stop his vehicle, Almirra pressed gas and sped in the direction of the officer, which prompted another officer to shoot him, the court heard.
Attorney Ian Cargill asked the court for leniency, saying that Almirra was remorseful.
According to Cargill, Almirra had been drinking and was disoriented after the collision.