SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — Officials say a California Highway Patrol officer died after crashing his motorcycle while in pursuit of a suspect in Sacramento.
Officer Lucas F. Chellew was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.READ MORE: Top San Jose Officials Blast Bail Policies After Murder Suspects Released While Awaiting Trial
Authorities say the crash happened at about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday on Fruitridge Road, east of State Route 99.
During the pursuit, Chellew lost control of his motorcycle, suffered major injuries and succumbed to his injuries at 6:11 p.m. The crash remains under investigation.
Chellew was an 8-year veteran of the CHP and leaves behind a wife and children, according to the CHP.READ MORE: Drought Emergency: Water Districts Across Bay Area, California Warned Not To Expect Shipments From State
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said, “My heart aches on this terribly tragic day for the CHP as we have lost a hero, who swore a sacred and honorable oath to serve and protect the people of California.”
He said Chellew’s name will adorn a memorial fountain at the center of the CHP Academy.
“His service and sacrifice will forever be honored and never forgotten,” Farrow said.MORE NEWS: COVID: Omicron Variant Found In San Francisco, Are New Travel Rules Looming?
A bell ringing ceremony will be held at the CHP Academy at 10 a.m. on Thursday.