A man who stole his ex-girlfriend's car in Escondido and drove in reverse toward an officer who confronted him, prompting the lawman to open fire, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault on a peace officer and other charges.
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Michael Joshua Flores, 28, faces a maximum of four years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 30 in Vista.
The defendant's former girlfriend called police the night of Oct. 29, 2011, to report that he had taken her car without permission. She followed Flores to a strip mall in the 100 block of West El Norte Parkway and pointed out the stolen vehicle to a responding officer.
As the officer approached Flores, the defendant put the car in reverse and drove toward him, prompting the policeman to open fire, striking Flores several times, according to police.
The defendant was treated at a hospital; the officer was uninjured.
In addition to the assault count, Flores pleaded guilty to felony auto theft and misdemeanor charges of petty theft, DUI and violating a restraining order.
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