RIVERSIDE, Ca. – Riverside Police are attempting to locate a suspect who intentionally backed into a police vehicle and narrowly missed the officer.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at around 9:00 a.m. an officer attempted to stop a Chevy Silverado truck near Essex Street and Mountain View Avenue. The driver did not stop and attempted to lose the officer as he made quick turns. He eventually stopped suddenly on Mountain View Avenue. The officer stopped behind him and exited his vehicle to make contact with the driver. The driver quickly put the truck in reverse and struck the police vehicle. The vehicle was struck with enough force to cause the airbags to deploy and move the police car approximately 8 feet, disabling the vehicle.
The driver drove away at a high rate of speed. The officer was uninjured but the police vehicle was damaged. The driver was described as a 40 to 50-year-old white man who was wearing reading-type glasses and a hat. He was driving a 1998 to 2002 white Chevy Silverado truck with an extended cab, with paper license plates with a partial number possibly AZA-78. The truck had a gray hood with chipped paint and patches of gray. It also had previous collision damage to the front bumper area.
If you see this vehicle or have any information regarding its owner or this described driver, please contact Sergeant Matt Lewis at (951) 351-6085 or MLewis@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email firstname.lastname@example.org or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 200024316.
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