A California Highway Patrol officer suffered minor leg strains today when a motorist backed into his patrol motorcycle in a North County parking lot after he pulled up behind her to give her a traffic ticket.
The patrolman was riding behind the 48-year-old woman’s eastbound car on Olive Avenue in Vista shortly before 1 p.m. when she suddenly braked and made a sharp left turn, CHP Public Affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
The officer activated his flashing lights and followed the driver as she pulled into a commercial driveway near Melrose Drive.
Apparently unaware of the lawman’s presence right behind her, the motorist then began backing up and struck his BMW police motorcycle at low speed, knocking it over, according to Bettencourt.
The officer complained of sore knees and possible mild muscle strains from trying to keep his heavy two-wheeler upright.
He did not require medical attention.
He gave the woman a citation for the initial infraction but not for the low-velocity crash, which caused no serious damage to the motorcycle.
“She felt bad about it,” Bettencourt said.