The Clearlake police officer injured Sunday afternoon being pinned between two trucks during a routine traffic stop is expected to recover fully, according to the Clearlake Police Department.
He remains at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
The officer, whose name was not released Monday, suffered fractured vertebrae and broken ribs when he was struck by a truck driven by 53-year-old Daniel York. During a 4:30 p.m. traffic stop, York allegedly put the 2007 Chevy Tahoe he was driving into reverse, pinning the officer between the Tahoe and a parked Ford F-250 truck.
“It's just totally senseless,” Detective Sgt. Nick Bennett said. “He had other avenues of escape.”
The officer, who first joined the department in 2003 but left briefly in 2011, is a field training officer and had a trainee with him at the time of the incident.
“He is doing OK, nothing life threatening on him,” Bennett said.
“We have had tremendous public support, every place I go in town. People have him on a prayer list,” he said. “He is a very popular officer. He's a former Marine and just a likeable young man.”
York remains hospitalized for injuries sustained when he was bitten by a police dog.
He is facing charges of attempted murder of a police officer, felony hit and run and felony evading a police officer, according to Bennett.
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