A Placerville-area California Highway Patrol officer is recovering from injuries suffered Monday in a struggle with a suspect in a rural area of El Dorado County.
The suspect, 20-year-old Michael Treece, was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit and manhunt, according to a CHP Facebook post.
The incident began Monday morning when Officer Ian Hoey, the Placerville CHP area’s community resource officer, was on patrol in the Grizzly Flat area in southern El Droado County, following up on traffic complaints. Hoey spotted a vehicle with no license plates parked the wrong way on a county road and noted that it matched the description of a vehicle that reportedly had been seen driven recklessly in the area over the past several weeks, the news release said.
Hoey was about to check the registration using the vehicle identification number when he saw someone who appeared to be unconscious in the driver’s seat. He advised the CHP’ s dispatch center of the situation and attempted to contact the man inside the vehicle. When he did, the man, later identified as Treece, woke up and became combative, according to the news release.
Treece and Hoey struggled and Hoey was knocked to the ground. Treece then got back in the vehicle and fled.
Hoey gave chase in his patrol vehicle and advised dispatchers. Treece reportedly was driving recklessly, crossing onto the wrong side of the road, forcing oncoming vehicles off the roadway, running stop signs an traveling more than 60 mph.
Hoey used a pursuit immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver, to disable Treece’s vehicle, the news release said. Treece then got out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area.
Hoey chased Treece through yards and over fences, but soon realized he had suffered a leg injury during the earlier struggle. He returned to his patrol car to wait for backup. There he was greeted by numerous residents, who came out of their homes to offer assistance. An area resident recognized the suspect and identified him as Treece, the news release said.
Other CHP units, including a CHP aircraft, responded to the area, along with El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and K-9 units. After a search that included interviews with witnesses and people who knew the suspect, Treece was apprehended in Somerset, according to the news release.
He was booked into El Dorado County jail on suspicion of battery to a peace officer, resisting arrest and felony evading, as well as a felony no-bail warrant related to another incident.
Hoey was treated for injuries at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville and is expected to make a full recovery, the news release said.