SAN DIEGO – A suspect has been arrested after a San Diego police officer was struck and injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident in Mira Mesa.
The driver, identified by police as Moises Correa, is being accused of attempted murder.
On Thursday morning, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a black Chrysler sedan with an Arizona license plate at Black Mountain Road and Westview Parkway, San Diego police said.
Authorities say the sedan initially slowed down, but quickly sped away from the officer and attempted to evade the officer who pursued it.
The sedan stopped in a traffic lane, shifted into reverse and accelerated back into the police motorcycle that was directly behind it, police said. The impact knocked the officer over and pushed the motorcycle backwards in the roadway with the officer pinned beneath.
Police say the sedan then headed northbound on Black Mountain Road.
Authorities say the suspect was with a female passenger when the car hit the officer.
The homicide unit was called to the scene to investigate the incident.
On Friday at around 6 p.m., officers learned that Correa was in the Mira Mesa area.
The San Diego Police Air Support unit located Correa and a female companion, whom they believed was there during the incident, in the backyard of a home in the 9100 block of Dewsbury Avenue.
According to police, the pair went into the house, which officers immediately surrounded. The occupants of the house came out and the SWAT team responded to the scene.
After an hours-long standoff, Correa and the female were not initially located, police said. During a secondary sweep of the residence, Correa and the female were located in the rafters of the garage and refused to come out. Chemical agents were released into the garage and Correa and the female surrendered.
The officer, who was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, has been assigned to the Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit for more than five years, and with the department for more than 13 years.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.