Teenager crashes motorcycle into sheriff’s patrol car

A teenager was injured when he crashed his motorcycle into the front of a sheriff’s patrol car on West Avenue J-9 and Gadsden Avenue. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

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.

The motorcycle hit the front push bar of the car, and the impact knocked the teen off his bike. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

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.

The teen suffered a broken knee and was transported to the hospital. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

“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.

  11 comments for “Teenager crashes motorcycle into sheriff’s patrol car

  1. derek reeves
    September 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

    good friend’s son just died on a motorcycle.
    no cars were involved.
    there is an option that needs to be addressed:
    just as abstinence from sex is an option for prevention of unwanted pregnancies.
    so abstinence from riding motorcycles is an option for prevention of unwanted motorcycle accidents and deaths of loved ones.
    a lot of in-your-face stuff comes from Abate.
    “start seeing motorcycles” signs are everywhere
    we know that “not seeing” is not always the case.
    there are a lot of idiots that ride….not saying everyone.
    so stop ridin ‘em is just as appropriate.
    motorcycles are for the most part, recreational.
    they are a seasonal toy just like a boat.
    some people live their hobby and others do not want anything to do with them.
    this gives those who dont, an alternative.
    please join me in supporting stop ridin ‘em.
    stop ridin ‘em is a campaign to encourage the absence of riding motorcycles in order to saves lives. Too many motorcyclist have died, been maimed, and destroyed others’ lives through motorcycle accidents. http://igg.me/p/209822 is the indiegogo.com website helping the stop ridin ‘em campaign.
    thank you,
    derek reeves

  2. Sandrita
    September 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I wonder whether he had a legal California DMV Motorcycle license as it legally required; I know because my son had to get his at that age, and I had to sign as a parent I was liable for any damages. Also, was he wearing a helmet?
    I’ve almost had this happen to me several times this summer. Hopefully, this will cause the L.A. County Sheriff, mayors, and school officials as well as DMV to educate regarding motorcycle driving rules and regulations for all ages.

    • Palmdale_Steve
      September 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      “The teenager, whose name was not released, was cited for reckless driving and driving without a valid license.”

      That would be a NO. Parents who he is living with are responsible for damages he caused, and I hope the County sends a really HUGE bill to the parents.

  3. Letlow
    September 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Why the cop chopper to catch the kid? why not use the spy plane?

    • Turd Ferguson
      September 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      LEAPS is only available 10 hours a day.We pay $90,000.00 a month for LEAPS.Then we need it,it is not in the air.The sherriffs helicopter would be better.We only pay when we use it.Not $90,000.00 a month like LEAPS.Better than LEAPS would be more sherriffs.More boots on the ground.Instead we have a 90,000.00 a month plane that is not ready.Or is ready.We do not know.

      • Adam Chant
        September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

        Both air vehicles are handled in the exact same manner when it comes to the cost. They are both ‘a la carte’ costs to the LASD contract with with cities.

    • Alex
      September 10, 2012 at 3:10 am

      HAHAHA “the spy plane” LOL That was the funniest comment I’ve read all night. Kudos.

  4. Dewayne
    September 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Lol.. The sheriff messed up and hit the kids so they only charged him with a lesser charge so he wouldn’t file a lawsuit against them(lol) To funny.. I can see right thur AV bullcrap!

  5. Bob
    September 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hopefully this punk kid learned his lesson, if he hasn’t he is going to end up killing himself and probably some innocent people as well.

    • Tired of their ways
      September 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

      I agree…just hope the parents of this kid take the bike away from him…he was lucky this time…

      • Palmdale_Steve
        September 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

        I hope LASO sends a bill to the parents for the damage to the police car, and the ambulance bill, and the hospital bill and a bill for the Deputies time dealing with this nonsense.

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