CHP Officer Intentionally Hit during Stop; Suspect in Custody after Chase

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SACRAMENTO --

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Thursday afternoon in a hit and run crash after attempting to help what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on Interstate 80.

Just after 1:00 PM, a motorcycle CHP officer, identified as 17-year veteran Michael Ericson, noticed a truck disabled in the center divide of Westbound I-80 between Greenback Lane and Madison Avenue. The officer pulled over to help, but what happened next wasn't an accident.

"We stop to make sure that vehicle is not out of gas or something's not wrong and when he pulled up behind the vehicle it intentionally ran him over," North Sac CHP spokesperson Jenna Berry told FOX40.

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Investigators say the truck backed up and intentionally hit the officer, then sped off. The officer was said to be in the intensive care unit, and is expected to survive.

The suspect continued west on I-80 to Northgate Boulevard, where the suspect ditched the Ford and took a white construction work pickup. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody in Fairfield after a lengthy chase down I-80.

According to sources, the officer hit was a long-time officer with the CHP and is the father of twin boys.

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The Multi Disciplinary Accident Investigation team spent hours on I-80 gathering evidence. The hectic scene shut down the entire freeway for a time Thursday afternoon.

While the investigation continues, fellow CHP officers minds are in one place.

"A lot of thoughts go to him his family and all of us we work really hard to make sure it's investigated properly we're just praying for the best outcome we're praying for a full recovery," said Berry.