Driver accused of hitting an Oceanside motorcycle cop will stand trial

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 21:34:11-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The man accused of intentionally running his car into an Oceanside police officer faced a judge on Thursday. The judge ruled there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. 

Officer Brad Hunter was issuing a traffic ticket when 26-year-old Roberto Flores allegedly drove into him. Flores sat in the courtroom as witnesses were called to the stand. 

Officer Hunter testified that he doesn't remember anything from the day of the accident. He only remembers waking up in intensive care, disoriented and with difficulty breathing. Hunter is still in a wheelchair, recovering from his injuries.

An undercover deputy with the San Diego Sheriff's Office testified for the prosecution. According to his testimony, he and an undercover informant posed as inmates when Flores was booked into jail. While in the jail cell together, the undercover deputy says that Flores was bragging about what he had done. 

Court documents obtained by 10News state that Flores told them that he "got one" and that he bragged about hitting the officer so hard he broke the windshield.

Witnesses said the accident was like a scene from a horror movie. The man who was getting a ticket, Michael Patton, said he looked down to get his license and registration for the officer, but when he looked up, the officer was airborne. 

During the hearing, the Flores interrupted witness testimony and said he wanted to file a motion to fire his attorney. The judge denied that request. 

Flores is due back in court on July 20th. His bail is set at 5-million dollars.