Officer Hurt After Flipping Patrol Car on Way to Chase

Officer had surgery for head injury

A California Highway Patrol officer is in stable condition and  could be released today after losing control of his vehicle and flipped it  during a pursuit near Hercules Wednesday night, according to CHP Sgt. Trent  Cross.

The officer was responding to the pursuit around 7:45 p.m. on  westbound state Highway 4 near Franklin Canyon Golf Course in unincorporated  Contra Costa County, Cross said.

The vehicle flipped and ended up about 30 feet off the highway,  according to Cross.

The driver suffered a head injury and had minor surgery at a local  hospital overnight. Cross said he could be released as soon as today.

"He's doing pretty well, he's very lucky," Cross said.

The incident caused authorities to shut down all lanes of  westbound Highway 4 in the area for several hours overnight.

The CHP issued a Sig-alert around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, diverting  all traffic from the highway onto Cummings Skyway and then to Interstate  Highway 80, CHP Officer Marc Johnston said.

The Sig-alert was finally canceled at about 4:15 a.m. today when  the roadway was reopened, according to Johnston.

Cross said he did not have details about what motivated the  pursuit, but that the CHP were able to detain the person they were chasing.

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