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Oceanside police officer injured in hit and run returns to duty

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OCEANSIDE (CNS) - An Oceanside motorcycle cop is back at work, about seven months after he was run down and seriously injured while conducting a traffic stop near Buddy Todd Park.

Officer Brad Hunter, a 29-year veteran of the Oceanside Police Department, sustained a head injury and broke his leg in three places in the June 19 attack. Doctors put him in an induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain, and Hunter later testified he has no memory of being struck.

"He is currently assigned to the department's traffic section, working light duty until medically released to return to full duty," OPD spokesman Tom Bussey said. "It is anticipated that Brad will return to his traffic enforcement duties, operating a department motorcycle, in the near future."

San Marcos resident Roberto Ignacio Flores, 26, was convicted in October of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and subsequently sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.

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.

Flores sped away but was captured a few minutes later, Watanabe said. Once in a jail cell, he 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.

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