VACAVILLE — A Vacaville police officer suffered minor injuries Friday evening after a brief high-speed pursuit ended with a three-vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 80.
The unnamed officer started pursuing a car near Allison Drive shortly after 6 p.m. and within minutes speeds reached as high as 90 mph. Both cars encountered commute traffic slowed near Leisure Town Road. The patrol car struck the trailer of a big-rig truck and a third car was involved in the crash.
The driver of the car being pursued fled the area. Authorities looked for the driver a short time later in Dixon. It was not immediately known if the driver was arrested.
A witness told a California Highway Patrol officer the car being pursued had been driving erratically at speeds of 100 mph just before the chase started.
Moments after the crash, with the wrecked police car in the center divide against a guard rail, “officer down” was repeated several times on the police radios even as the officer tried to assure others that he all right.
The officer was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries. There were no other injuries in the crash.
The crash initially blocked three of the four lanes of traffic and brought the commute to a crawl until the crash scene was cleared at 7 p.m.
It was the second accident this week involving local law enforcement in high-speed pursuits.
A rookie Solano County sheriff’s deputy, Rick Mroz, was seriously injured Wednesday night when he lost control of his patrol car while pursuing two people in a stolen car. Mroz’s car struck a light pole at a high rate of speed and caught fire as police and firefighters removed him from the wreckage.
Mroz was still hospitalized Friday, having suffered two broken legs and a fractured pelvis.
Shortly after the crash, police arrested Edward D. Asis, 27, and Desiree B. Bello, 20. They were booked into the jail on suspicion of evading police, auto theft, possessing stolen property and injuring a peace officer while resisting arrested. They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
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