Dublin cop suffers broken leg in crash with fleeing car

Authorities: Driver of reportedly stolen car hit city motorcycle officer while trying to elude CHP

A Dublin police officer suffered a broken leg when a car fleeing California Highway Patrol officers hit his motorcycle Wednesday morning, a CHP spokesman said.

A car reported stolen out of San Jose was spotted on Interstate 580 around 9:30 a.m., CHP officer Derek Reed said. The officers followed it and tried to pull it over near the I-580 and I-680 interchange.

The driver of the car sped away onto I-680 and then onto Dublin city streets. The CHP officers called off the pursuit, following the car from "a great distance" behind, Reed said.

The fleeing driver then tried to make a U-turn on Dublin Boulevard near DeMarcus Boulevard but hit a Dublin police motorcycle officer who was arriving to assist.

After the crash, the four occupants of the car all got out and ran from the scene, Reed said.

The car's driver was quickly caught but the other three temporarily escaped. CHP and Dublin police officers set up a perimeter to search for the trio. They were caught in a neighborhood a short time later, Reed said.

The police officer was taken to a hospital to be treated for the broken leg.

The four people, all San Jose residents, were detained. The driver will be arrested on suspicion of felony evading police and possession of a stolen vehicle, while the other three occupants will likely be facing charges as well, Reed said.

The names of those involved have not been released.

— Bay City News Service

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