Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Running Down Auburn Police Officer

The man who ran down a Massachusetts police officer earlier this year has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Matthew Ostrander, 47, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to 11 charges in Worcester Superior Court on Thursday. He was also classified as a habitual offender, which requires him to serve a minimum 15-year-sentence.

Ostrander was arrested in February after he hit Auburn Police Officer Luis Santos with his SUV during a police pursuit following a Millbury house break-in.

Santos, who was laying down tire-deflation devices, was treated for a concussion and a broken leg.

Ostrander had previous pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea.

In court on Thursday, Santos read a victim impact statement saying he had surgery last month and was still undergoing physical therapy.

"These injuries have also deeply impacted my wife and kids," said Santos. "The emotional and mental toll on all of us cannot be explained."

Santos went on to say that the police department had to deal with the death of Officer Ron Tarantino went the incident occurred.

Ostrander’s attorney says he is "deeply sorry" for what he did and that he "never intended any harm." He also said Ostrander was under the influence of drugs at the time.

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