Oceanside police officer seriously injured in ‘intentional’ hit-and-run, 1 suspect in policy custody

OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Police were investigating Monday an apparently intentional hit-and-run crash that left an Oceanside motorcycle officer seriously injured.

An Oceanside police officer conducting a traffic stop on Foussat Road near the intersection with Oceanside Blvd. was struck by a silver Dodge Neon just after 10:30 a.m. Monday before the car took off, according to Oceanside Tom Bussey. Witnesses told officers the car appeared to strike the officer intentionally. 

The officer sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, according to California Highway Patrol. The officer, who was not named, was expected to survive. 

The vehicle, believed to have two people inside, fled the scene and was found abandoned about three blocks away on Industry Street, Bussey said. One suspect was found another block away and was taken into police custody.

Officers continued to search for a second suspect described as a Hispanic male wearing black shorts, a white t-shirt and flip flops, Bussey said. It was unclear which suspect was driving the vehicle. 

The suspects faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer. 

An investigation into the collision was underway Monday afternoon. San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopters were assisting in the search for the second suspect. 

The intersection of Oceanside Blvd. and Foussat Road were closed as officers investigated the incident but have since reopened. 

The officer, when transported was conscious and alert. The officer is a 25-plus year veteran of the Oceanside Police Department.

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