ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – A Sacramento County man has been sentenced to over five years in prison for trying to run down a Roseville police officer in 2009.
Walter Carrillo, 19, was sentenced to five years and four months in state prison Friday after he was convicted of multiple criminal charges stemming from an undercover police drug bust on March 6, 2009. He was convicted of felony assault on a police officer and multiple other charges including hit-and-run driving causing injury after he repeatedly slammed his vehicle into another while trying to escape.
Carrillo, who was 17 at the time, drove his vehicle to a parking lot a Main Street and Foothills Boulevard in Roseville to make a drug deal. When officers moved in, Carrillo drove between two of their vehicles, nearly hitting Officer Jeff Kool. The officer said he had to dive out of the way to prevent from being hit. At the sentencing Kool talked about how close he came to dying.
“It was a life-altering event that made me realize how quickly life can be gone,” Kool said. “[Carrillo] was willing to run me over and then he slammed into [the female victim’s] car over and over. It’s very apparent he has no regard for the safety of others.”
Several members of Carrillo’s were present at the sentencing including an uncle who testified about Carrillo’s positive character and pointed to the fact that Carrillo had graduated from high school and enrolled in college as proof that Carrillo had changed. The uncle went on to blame officers for causing the situation to become dangerous.
Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Macumber asked Judge Curry to impose a sentence of seven years and eight months. Judge Curry agreed and handed down the prison term of five years, taking into account time Carrillo had already spent behind bars.
Carrillo was also convicted of vandalism, assault on the female driver, resisting arrest, possession of drugs for sale and the sale of drugs.