Man sentenced in Raleigh road rage case

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Remy Gagnon

A man charged in a bizarre 2014 road rage incident was sentenced in a Raleigh courtroom Monday.

Remy Gagnon, 27, will spend six to seventeen months in jail.

Gagnon was first arrested after a father called 911 to report a man was repeatedly ramming his car. It happened at the Ridgewood Shopping Center in Raleigh at Wade Avenue near the Beltline.

The father reported he has just picked up his daughter from the movies when a man suddenly began ramming his car out of nowhere.

Police arrived and had to use a Taser to subdue Gagnon. He was taken to Rex Hospital and later transferred to a mental health facility. Two Wake County paramedics were injured when Gagnon kicked one and thrust at another with his body. One has not been able to return to work because of the injuries.

Gagnon was initially charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of assault on emergency personnel, and one count of reckless driving.

In a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed the assault with a deadly weapon charge. He pleaded guilty to assault on emergency personnel and reckless driving.

Prosecutors say at time of incident, Gagnon was suffering from mental health issues and thought the father in the car had kidnapped the young girl, and that's why - in his mind - he did what he did.

Gagnon was contrite in court Monday.

"To everybody who has been affected by my actions I do apologize from the bottom of my heart. Words can't really express how I feel. I do appreciate everything everyone has done for me in getting me the help that I need. Again, I'm just so sorry for everyone I've affected," he said.

Gagnon will get credit for the three months he's already spent behind bars.

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