The man accused of intentionally hitting a CHP officer with a stolen truck Thursday along I-80 faced a judge for the first time Monday. Austin Scott appeared in court for his arraignment, charged with attempted murder, driving under the influence and auto theft.
A stoic looking Scott only appeared in court for a few minutes, separated from the rest of the courtroom by a small cell facing jurors’ seats, flanked by his alleged victim's colleagues and friends.
"It's nothing specifically against the defendant. We're just here to support Mike so that his family and he knows we're there for him,” said Jenna Berry, spokesperson with the CHP’s Sacramento Division.
Scott was booked into Sacramento County Jail just before 1 a.m. Friday.
The 28-year-old is accused of stealing his mother's truck Thursday morning in Reno, the same truck investigators say he reportedly used to intentionally hit Officer Mike Ericson along I-80 later that day, while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.
Ericson remains in critical but stable condition. Officers continue to offer support to his family.
"[We’re] in touch every single day. Yeah, there hasn't been a whole lot of change in his status so they're standing by at the hospital,” said CHP Commander Andy Williams.
The Ericson family released a statement, thanking the community for its well wishes:
"We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support in light of this horrible attack. The amount of support we have received has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. Thank you all for your compassion and love that you have expressed for Mike. All of the support makes a time like this easier and we know it will help Mike heal faster and make a full recovery. Thank you."
Ericson’s law enforcement family is also very much in their injured officer's corner.
"We can be there to support him and fight this fight for him that he can't right now,” said Berry.
The group of officers at the courthouse Monday says they'll continue to come to Scott's court appearances, hoping to see justice served for one of their own. Scott will appear again in court April 20th, with a public defender. In the interim, he’ll be held at Sacramento County Jail without bail.