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CHP Officer Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash Identified


UPDATE: April 8, 7:30 a.m.: The California Highway Patrol has released the name of the officer who was injured in a collision Thursday in Citrus Heights.

Officer Michael Ericson is a 17-year-veteran of the CHP. The agency says Ericson was injured when a man backed over the officer on westbound Interstate 80, near the Greenback exit.

That led police on a 50-mile chase. The man was taken into custody in Fairfield.

The Sacramento Fire Department says off-duty firefighter Sharon McIntyre gave aid to Ericson and was the one who radioed for help. 

CHP released the booking photo of the suspect.


UPDATE: 4:29 p.m.: Interstate-80 westbound lanes have re-opened. The number 1 lane remains closed until further notice. Caltrans says to watch for traffic backed up east of Douglas.

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.: CHP says it appears the suspect intentionally backed over the officer.

UPDATE: 2:40 p.m.: A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer has been injured in a hit-and-run collision on westbound Interstate 80 in Citrus Heights.

The officer was hit at about 1 p.m. between Madison and Greenback.

Officer Guillermo Garcia says a major accident collision team has been dispatched to the scene to determine what happened.

"At this time, it looks like we have a suspect in custody," he says. "We don't know if it's the suspect we're looking for and we are still in the investigation process."

Garcia says a suspect was arrested in Fairfield.

The injured officer was taken to a Sacramento-area hospital. His condition has not been released.

All traffic on westbound I-80 will be diverted to surface streets for the next several hours. Lanes of eastbound traffic are all open, but traffic is very slow in that area.

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Officials say that a suspect has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run incident that injured a California Highway Patrol officer and resulted in the closure of all lanes on westbound Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue.

The suspect was arrested in Vacaville, according to authorities.


Original Post: All Interstate-80 westbound lanes are shut down after a California Highway Patrol officer was injured in a hit-and-run incident near Madison Avenue.

The officer’s condition is unknown.

The vehicle involved fled the scene and was last seen in the Fairfield area, according to a CHP official.

Caltrans says there is no estimated time open yet. Eastbound lanes are open, but backed up in the area. 

-Capital Public Radio Staff

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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