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Injured CHP motorcycle Officer Michael Ericson home from hospital

CHP officer Michael Ericson is shown at home with fellow CHP officers and Sharon McIntyre, a Sacramento Fire Department firefighter-paramedic who rendered aid when she came upon the I-80 crash scene.
CHP officer Michael Ericson is shown at home with fellow CHP officers and Sharon McIntyre, a Sacramento Fire Department firefighter-paramedic who rendered aid when she came upon the I-80 crash scene. Photo courtesy CHP North Sacramento

A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer critically injured in April when, investigators say, a motorist intentionally backed into him with a stolen truck, has been released from a hospital.

CHP officials announced Tuesday that Officer Michael Ericson was recently released from UC Davis Medical Center and is recovering at home.

“Officer Ericson has a long road of healing ahead, but he is making progress every day,” the CHP said in a news release. “Officer Ericson would like to extend his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to everyone for their concern, well wishes, love and support.”

Ericson, 47, a 17-year veteran of the CHP, was run over about 1 p.m. April 7 in the median of Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue in the Foothill Farms area. Ericson was either tending to a disabled motorist or performing an enforcement stop when, CHP officials allege, 28-year-old Austin Barry Scott intentionally backed his truck into Ericson.

Authorities say the truck was reported stolen in Reno, and Scott drove west on I-80. He abandoned the truck on I-80 near Northgate Boulevard, authorities said, and stole a pickup truck belonging to a contractor working on a California Department of Transportation project. He was arrested after leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit on I-80 that ended near Fairfield in Solano County.

Scott is charged with attempted murder and is being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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