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Driver who hit cruiser gets jail

Police say Michael Weir rammed vehicle into sheriff’s vehicle.

WILKES-BARRE – A man who police say rammed his vehicle into a Luzerne County sheriff’s cruiser after narrowly missing a deputy was sentenced on Monday to three years and five months to seven years in state prison.

Michael Weir, 44, with a last known address of Pine Street, Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chester Muroski on two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of resisting arrest and aggravated assault.

Weir was also ordered to pay a $100 fine for a summary count of driving a vehicle with no registration.

Weir was found guilty of the charges by a county jury after a one-day trial.

According to court records, on Oct. 17, the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department was alerted that Weir, who was wanted for failure to appear at a preliminary hearing regarding a theft case, was moving belongings out of his son’s Pine Street apartment.

Deputies said that as they parked their vehicles, Weir began running to his 2002 Dodge Durango with Indiana plates.

A deputy identified himself to Weir, said that there was a warrant for his arrest and ordered Weir to stop his vehicle.

As the deputy attempted to apprehend Weir, Weir backed out of the driveway onto the street, causing the deputy to jump into the car to avoid being hit.

The deputy tried to shut off Weir’s vehicle and it rolled backwards, striking the cruiser with a deputy inside.

Weir was then taken into custody, and taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Weir was wanted for failing to show up at a preliminary hearing for a case in which police say PPL Electric Utilities terminated service at a Ralph Street home.

In August, police said the meter was reconnected and had been running, and that Weir owed the company $284.44 for services and damage done to the meter.

That case, in which Weir is charged with theft of services and damaging property, is pending and expected to be brought for trial in September.

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