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Texas man gets 16 years for injuring officer

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a car crash that caused a San Antonio police officer's leg to be amputated.

A state district judge delivered the punishment to 27-year-old Kevin Balditt on Monday. Balditt pleaded guilty in April to intoxication assault of a public servant, which is a second-degree felony.

Officer Michael Thornton had stopped to help a group with a flat tire one morning in January 2011. He was walking back to his patrol car when Balditt's car slammed into him. Thornton was pinned between the two cars and was nearly flung over a guardrail along the elevated highway.

Thornton's right leg was amputated about 3 inches below his knee. He now wears a prosthetic and serves in the department's DWI unit.

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