In Moreno Valley, a man has been arrested on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, after deliberately causing a motorcycle officer to crash, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident unfolded when a deputy from the Moreno Valley station attempted to pull over a black Nissan Altima for alleged speeding on Perris Boulevard at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The driver of the Altima collided with a white Chevrolet pickup truck at the intersection of Perris Boulevard and Eucalyptus Avenue. Subsequently, he attempted to flee northbound on Perris, as reported by Deputy Chris Loucks.
Loucks stated that the driver intentionally and abruptly stopped his car during the attempted escape. The motorcycle deputy tried to avoid the car but collided with the rear of the vehicle, rendering his motorcycle inoperable.
Following the second crash, the driver fled the scene but was eventually apprehended by deputies near Perris and Webster Street.
The motorcycle deputy sustained minor injuries in the crash, while neither the driver nor the occupants of the first crash reported any injuries.
Subsequent investigations revealed that the driver was under the influence of drugs. He has been booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges that include assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, reckless evading of law enforcement, driving under the influence of drugs, and hit and run.
If you have any additional information about the incidents, please contact Deputy Hutchins at 951-486-6727.