Bicyclist Struck by Car after Fleeing from EPD, Driver Arrested on Felony Warrant
At around 5 p.m. today, a Eureka Police Department (EPD) officer was chasing a male bicyclist on Broadway near Kmart in the Eureka area.
“The person on the bike fled from one of our officers,” EPD Sergeant Gary Whitmer said.
According to the scanner, the bicyclist started riding into oncoming traffic, which led officers to discontinue pursuit. Soon after, the bicyclist was struck by a silver Jaguar.
Medical crews were requested to respond to the scene. When medical crews arrived, the bicyclist was transported to the hospital in an ambulance with minor injuries. Whitmer later said the bicyclist was being combative toward medical personnel while on the way to the hospital.
In a surprising turn of events, it was determined that the driver who struck the bicyclist was the subject of a felony warrant. He was arrested at the scene.
Additionally, Whitmer said, “One of our officers relayed to me the driver appeared to intentionally hit the bicyclist.”
However, EPD is still trying to verify this piece of information.
Whitmer, who appeared to be surprised by the way events unfolded, said, “Man — It’s gotta get better.”