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8-year prison term for man who tried to run over police officer

March 26th, 2014 - 5:55am

(Port Angeles) A local man convicted of trying to run over a Port Angeles Police officer will go to prison for eight years.

36-year-old Jacob Backman was sentenced this week in Clallam County Superior Court.

On March 6th, he was found guilty of second degree assault with an enhancement for assaulting a police officer and witness tampering.

Backman had faced a possible sentence of 10 years.

Last May, officer Bruce Fernie responded to a report of possible drug activity on East 2nd Street.

When Fernie approached a white truck driven by Backman and signaled the vehicle to stop, Backman quickly accelerated his vehicle causing Fernie to run, then push off the truck to avoid being run over.

Backman later wrote a letter from jail to his female passenger telling her what to testify to, and that she should "remember" a statement different than what she told police, resulting in the Tampering charge.

Backman, has 12 previous Clallam County felony convictions between 1990 and 2005 for robbery, drugs, firearms, and malicious mischief.

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