Man convicted of running down Oceanside police officer sentenced
City News Service
6:02 PM, Nov 30, 2017
6:12 PM, Nov 30, 2017
VISTA (CNS) - A motorist who intentionally ran down an Oceanside motorcycle officer conducting a routine traffic stop, then bragged about it to an undercover officer and a confidential informant after his arrest, was sentenced to 29 years to life in 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.
Watanabe said Hunter had stopped a motorist 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, 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.