Temecula police are still searching for a man they say attempted to ram his pick-up truck into a motorcycle cop at about 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at Pechanga Parkway and Pechanga Place in Temecula.
” … officers attempted to stop a white GMC truck that was traveling southbound on Pechanga Parkway for a speed violation. The truck initially pulled over, but when the officer got off of his motorcycle to contact the driver of the truck, the truck sped away,” said Sgt. K. McDonald in a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report.
“The officer got back on his bike to attempt to stop the truck, but the truck made a U-turn, drove at the officer and clipped the officer’s motorcycle,” McDonald said.
A second officer was driving and approaching the scene to offer assistance when the driver of the pick-up truck swerved at him.
“The second officer was forced to leave the roadway to avoid a head-on collision and ran into a road sign and fence,” McDonald said.
Neither officer was injured, according to McDonald.
The truck sped away northbound on Pechanga Parkway and was found a short time later abandoned in the roadway at Wolf Creek and Firestone Avenue in Temecula.
Police combed the area, knocking on doors and inspecting the trunks and back seats of incoming and outgoing vehicles.
Despite an earlier SWRNN report, the driver of the truck was described as an Hispanic male, about 40 years old, 5-foot-9 with a thin build and wearing a red USMC shirt with yellow lettering and blue jeans.
The truck is a white GMC full-sized truck with grey primer on the left quarter panel and tailgate, and black rims and tires.
Anyone with further information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Investigator Guzman at the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.