LONG BEACH -- A wrong-way driver was taken into custody late Thursday after a motorcycle officer who was pursuing him was hit by another car and seriously injured. | PHOTOS
The incident began at about 2 p.m. when a California Highway Patrol officer was pursuing a suspect who exited the San Diego (405) Freeway and ended up driving the wrong-way on Wardlow Road near Pine Avenue, police said.
The suspect hit one vehicle and kept going, with the CHP officer close behind when the officer was hit by another vehicle, said Nancy Pratt, a Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman.
At that point the suspect pulled over and bailed out of his car and took off on foot into the surrounding neighborhood, Pratt said.
Long Beach Fire Department crews tended to the injured CHP officer who was rushed to a local hospital.
"His injuries do not appear life-threatening," Pratt said at 4 p.m.
Long Beach Police and California Highway Patrol officers quickly set up a perimeter and announced the suspect was found and taken into custody at about 4:30 p.m.
It was not immediately clear why the suspect was being pursued by the CHP officer and it was not known exactly where the suspect and officer exited the freeway, Pratt said.
"The California Highway Patrol has taken the lead on the investigation," she said, noting they will be providing whatever other information is gleaned in the investigation.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the motorcycle officer stayed on scene and was cooperating with authorities, she added.