UPDATE @ 4:54 p.m.: According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez, a suspect is not in custody and the search continues for a man involved in the traffic incident on Pechanga Parkway.
The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20s and wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, Martinez said.
An updated description of the suspect can be found here.
Stay with SWRNN for details as the become available.
UPDATE @ 4:01 p.m.: SWRNN is working to confirm a report that the suspect is in custody. Stay with SWRNN for details as they become available.
UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m.: Temecula police units are stationed in neighborhoods throughout the Redhawk area, searching for a suspect who fled the scene of the traffic incident.
Knocking on doors and inspecting incoming and outgoing vehicles, police believe that the man abandoned the white pick-up truck he was driving at Fireside and Wolf Creek Rd. before he ran off, disappearing into a neighborhood, according to Sgt. Dean Spivacke at the scene.
Spivacke said he believes the white pick-up truck was stolen.
ORIGINAL: Temecula police are on the lookout for a driver who clipped a motorcycle officer just before 1 p.m. today near the intersection of Pechanga and Temecula Valley parkways, Riverside County Sheriff’s official have reported.
“We are actively searching for a hit-and-run suspect,” Deputy Albert Martinez said.
A sheriff’s helicopter was deployed to assist officers in locating the suspect.
Due to the police activity and the proximity to Jackson Elementary School, the school has been placed on lockdown.
“Anytime an incident happens near a school, for the safety of the kids, the school is placed on lockdown,” Martinez explained.
The officer that was hit sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Check back with SWRNN for updates as they become available.
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