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.