LANCASTER – A 17-year-old sustained injuries and was cited for reckless driving Wednesday night after riding his motorcycle into the front of a sheriff’s patrol car, authorities said.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 600 Block of West Avenue J-9, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.
Rust said deputies happened across the teenager while investigating a report of a shooting in the area.
“They got information that one of the shooters had possibly left on a motorcycle,” Rust said. “A short distance away, deputies see a motorcycle going at a high rate of speed.”
Rust said the teen was seen going eastbound on J-8 from 10th Street West at approximately 100 miles per hour.
He said deputies requested the assistance of a sheriff’s helicopter, which spotted the teen and directed deputies to his location. By this time, the teen had slowed down considerably, possibly because he was aware of the sheriff’s helicopter overhead, Rust said.
“One of our field sergeants was driving east on J-9 at a low rate of speed, and at the same time, the motorcycle turned onto J-9 and rode towards the sergeant’s car at about 20 miles an hour,” Rust said.
Rust said the sergeant pulled to the side to avoid the motorcycle, but then the motorcycle hit another patrol car that was right behind the sergeant’s car.
“He ran into the push bar of the second police car,” Rust said. “Hitting the push bar on the hood caused him to be knocked off the motorcycle, and he suffered a knee injury and was transported to the hospital.”
Rust said there were no reports of anyone being injured by gunfire in the original shooting investigation.
“[The teenager] was not connected in any way to the shooting call. He was just somebody out riding his motorcycle recklessly,” Rust said.
The teenager, whose name was not released, was cited for reckless driving and driving without a valid license.