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Man Apologizes to Woman Shot by Police in Arena District

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- A man, at whom police shot while he was allegedly driving drunk, apologized Thursday to the woman hit by a stray bullet.

"I want to apologize to Mrs. Garrett and I want to apologize to the officers," said Doug Wiegand, who pleaded guilty to attempted failure to comply with an officer's order.

Heather Garrett Seavot, 29, was about 100 feet away when two Columbus police officers opened fire on Wiegand in the Arena District. 

The incident began when Wiegand refused to pull over, almost hitting one of the cruisers.

Recently released police dash cam footage shows police opening fire in response.

Officers Ryan Steele and Jesse Perkins shot multiple times, but hit Wiegand only once.

Another bullet hit Seavot in the back.

Wiegand, 50, told the judge it took him three weeks to recoup from his injuries.

"I was shot in the chest and that bullet went out my back, nicking my liver and collapsing my lung," he said. "I was only in the hospital for, I think, five or six days. Then they took everything out of me and put me in jail," Wiegand said. "And I'm still in pain to this day."

Seavot declined the judge's invitation to speak in court but told ABC 6/FOX 28 she still experiences pain. 

Wiegand became emotional as he described how the incident changed his life.

"I should have never got into that car that night," he said. "And it really does make me sick to my stomach to think about having a drink."
 
The judge suspended Wiegand's 8-year prison sentence under the condition he seek treatment for alcoholism. Wiegand opted to serve 60 days in a halfway house.

Seavot is building a civil case against Wiegand as well as the city, according to court documents.


 
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