06/11/2015 06:06 EDT | Updated 06/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Man gets 6 years for car chase, shooting fuelled by drug debt in central Alberta

RED DEER, Alta. - A man originally charged with attempted murder over a $750 drug debt has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and been sentenced to six years in prison.

Darren Bauer was arrested on New Year's Day following a car chase through Stettler in central Alberta involving a man who owed him the money.

Court heard the two cars collided and Bauer shot David Byrt twice, leaving him paralyzed.

The Crown withdrew the original charge after Bauer pleaded guilty to possessing a restricted handgun, possessing a stolen vehicle and discharging a firearm.

His sentence is being tacked onto a five-year prison term he is already serving for unrelated drug and firearms charges.

Court heard the two men had been texting back and forth, with Byrt at one point apologizing for the debt he couldn't pay, but Bauer refused to accept.

(CHUB, CKGY, Red Deer Advocate)