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Man sentenced for running down motorcycle officer in Oceanside

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VISTA (NEWS 8/CNS) - A motorist who intentionally ran down a motorcycle officer conducting a routine traffic stop in Oceanside was sentenced Thursday to 29 years to life in state prison. 
Roberto Ignacio Flores, 26, was convicted last month of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer in the June 19 assault on Oceanside police Officer Brad Hunter, a 29-year veteran of the department. 

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Flores also had a conviction for possession of an assault weapon. 
Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said Hunter had stopped a car for an expired registration near Oceanside Boulevard and Foussat Road about 10:30 a.m. when Flores -- driving a Dodge Neon -- accelerated and veered directly into the motorcycle officer, scooping him up and flipping him over the defendant's car. 

"By the grace of God and a good helmet I survived Mr. Flores' attack," said Officer Hunter during a victim impact statement he delivered Thursday. "If he came across almost any other officer in our city that morning, this would likely be a homicide trial." 

Flores sped away from the scene but was captured a few minutes later, Watanabe said. 

"As a cop's wife, that call is a worst nightmare," said Officer Hunter's wife Vanessa Hunter. "Roberto, as soon as I learned you did this on purpose, I tried to think of a way to neutralize the evil you introduced into our lives."  

Officer Hunter suffered head injuries and his leg was broken in three places. The officer had to be placed in a coma until swelling on the brain subsided. Hunter testified he has no memory of the crash. 

 Once in a jail cell, Flores told a sheriff's detective posing as an inmate and a confidential informant that he intended to hit Hunter and wasn't sorry about it, according to the prosecutor. 
"He (Flores) said, `I got one. I got one,"' Watanabe said, referring to the defendant hitting a police officer. 
Flores told the undercover officer and the confidential informant that prosecutors would have to prove the case in court. 
"I might even get out (of jail)," Flores said in the cell. 
Flores refused to take accountability for his actions and was noted for outbursts during previous proceedings. 

Thursday, he refused to acknowledge the court even as his attorney tried to push for a new trial. 

Even so, the Hunters spoke directly to him about how he changed their lives. 

"Stupid is as stupid does, Roberto," said Vanessa Hunter. "Your actions, your lack of remorse, your behaviors are evil, so I'll add to that evil is as evil does and what you did was evil." 

"Mr. Flores' attack on me was an attack on every police officer," said Officer Hunter. "I have no doubt Mr. Flores will brag about all this trauma that he's caused and he'll use it to become some kind of big deal in prison." 

The judge agreed sentencing Flores to the maximum as the defendant continued to show no emotion. 

"There's two words that describe you and that's pure evil," the judge said. "You are a purely evil person who intended to kill Officer Hunter. I know you don't care about the fact that he survived. That's why I say you are pure evil."  

Officer Hunter is scheduled to undergo another surgery to his leg. 

He hopes to return to work and retire at the end of next year after serving 30 years on the force.


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