Crime - Sacto 911

May court date for man accused of injuring CHP officer

Austin Scott
Austin Scott Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Austin Barry Scott, facing attempted murder charges after allegedly intentionally backing into a California Highway Patrol officer with a stolen truck, will return May 10 to a Sacramento courtroom, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Meantime, Michael Ericson, the officer Scott allegedly struck, remains in critical condition two weeks after the collision on Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue, said CHP officials.

Scott, 28, of Reno, did not enter a plea at his first Sacramento Superior Court appearance April 11 before Judge Jaime Román. Along with the attempted murder charge, he faces counts of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury or death and auto theft. The April 7 incident critically injured Ericson, 47, a 17-year patrol veteran and father of two sons, who works out of the CHP’s North Sacramento division.

Scott remains held without bail at Sacramento County Main Jail.

Ericson was performing an enforcement stop or aiding a motorist when he was struck while on the freeway median, CHP officials said. Investigators said Scott was driving a truck reported stolen out of Reno when Ericson was injured. Investigators said Scott took a second truck after the collision and led authorities on a chase on Interstate 80 into Solano County, where he was captured near Fairfield.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith