A California Highway Patrol officer and the driver of a Jeep Cherokee both escaped injury in a crash Monday on Interstate Highway 80 in Pinole that resulted from a pursuit with a suspect who was recklessly driving a Hyundai, the CHP said.
The incident unfolded just before 6 p.m. on westbound I-80 when the CHP officer riding a motorcycle attempted to pull over a white Hyundai Sonata with paper plates going about 90 mph at Willow Avenue in Hercules.
While the Hyundai initially began to slow and yield, the suspect driver accelerated before stopping, resuming the pursuit at 90-100 mph, according to CHP.
The suspect recklessly veered across all lanes and into the right shoulder at Appian Way, and subsequently cut off a green Jeep Cherokee, causing the driver of the Cherokee to lose control and veer into the center divider. The Cherokee crashed right in front of the CHP officer, who was able to slow his motorcycle enough before impact. The officer “did not allow himself or his motor to go down onto the roadway,” CHP said.
“Miraculously the Motor Officer and the Jeep Driver did not sustain any injuries,” the CHP said.
The unknown driver of the white Hyundai Sedan continued westbound on I-80 at high speeds in and out of traffic and remains on the loose.
The CHP thanked all the good Samaritans who stopped to ensure the motorcycle officer and Jeep driver were OK.