Man who drove drunk, injured off-duty sheriff's deputy apologizes in court

Zachary Pavel sentenced Monday

SAN DIEGO - A man who drove his SUV drunk into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, injuring an off-duty sheriff's deputy, issued an apology in court Monday afternoon.

Zachary Pavel turned to his victim during his sentencing and said, "I would like to just say I am truly and deeply sorry for the physical and emotional pain you and your loved ones have had to endure and I wish you a speedy and a full recovery."

The victim, San Diego sheriff's deputy Robert Hubert, said in court that his recovery is far from over due to lingering injuries which include four broken vertebrae, three broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a broken right femur, a torn tendon in his left knee and a titanium rod that had been driven up his right knee through his femur.

Hubert was off-duty the night of April 11 when Pavel caused the crash. Pavel's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. It would become Pavel's second DUI conviction in six months.

Hubert said, "The last thing I want is for Zachary to go out and do this a third time and risk taking someone's life completely. I do not wish the pain and misery I have had to deal with upon anybody, not even Zachary himself."

Pavel was handcuffed and sent off to jail to begin his one year sentence to be followed by five years probation.

Hubert's attorneys told 10News they have filed a civil suit in case Pavel's insurance company fails to pay the maximum Pavel's policy allows, which is $2.5 million.

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