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Felon gets eight years for attempting to run down Bothell police officer
A convicted felon who pleaded guilty to attempting to hit a Bothell police officer with his car was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison.
He faced a maximum of 25 years for second-degree assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors recommended that Joseph Thomas Medoro, 32, be sentenced to 18 years in prison but the court agreed that his chemical dependency contributed to his offenses. Medoro will also serve 18 months in community custody after his release and have to pay $600 in fees.
Medoro attempted to ram his Pontiac Grand Am into a Bothell police car during a traffic stop for expired tabs last summer. The officer was not in the car at the time and had drawn his weapon to take Medoro into custody. After ramming the police car, Medoro drove at another officer while attempting to flee from the scene, according to court documents.
"(It) happened right after, when I was driving away and refused to immediately stop, drove in a reckless manner (running stop signs, speeding at high speeds, etc.)," stated Medoro in court documents.
Medoro was able to elude police and the car was found abandoned in a nearby neighborhood. After a short search, a police K9 tracked down Medoro in a nearby wooded area.
Medoro was under community custody at the time for a previous conviction that included eluding police. He was also wanted on felony charges in connection with a rash of burglaries in Kirkland.
Medoro had a pistol in the vehicle, which he knew was a violation of his prior felony conviction for possession of methamphetamines. Medoro was also found to have $4,000, a half pound of heroin, methamphetamines, a marijuana scale and other drug paraphernalia in his back pack when he was arrested, court documents continued.
The officer recognized Medoro during the traffic stop as someone he had dealt with before, according to court documents.
His criminal history began when he was just 13 when he was charged with malicious mischief. In 1996, Medoro was convicted of his first felony for car theft when he was 15.
Medoro has been convicted of 11 felonies since 2004. He was released from prison in December 2011 after serving nearly five years for possession of stolen property and methamphetamines. He also has three previous convictions for attempting to elude police.