Sacramento CA Feb 23 2017 A California Highway Patrol officer died from injuries he suffered Wednesday when he was involved in a crash during a high-speed chase in south Sacramento and thrown from his motorcycle.
Lucas F. Chellew, 31, an 8-year veteran of the CHP died at 6:11 p.m. at UC Davis Medical Center, authorities announced in a 9:30 p.m. news conference at the hospital.
“My heart aches on this terribly tragic day for the CHP as we have lost a hero, who swore a sacred and honorable oath to serve and protect the people of California,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a written statement. “Please keep Officer Chellew's family, friends and the entire CHP family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn his loss.”
Chellew was in pursuit of a fleeing motorcyclist eastbound on Fruitridge Road, east of Highway 99, when a collision occurred and he lost control of his motorcycle. The crash happened at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, just past Stockton Boulevard, the CHP said in a news release.
The officer suffered major injuries, and first responders “worked tirelessly” to keep him alive at the scene and en route to the hospital, Officer Tommy Riggin, a CHP spokesman, said.
“Tragically, despite the valiant efforts of the paramedics and medical professionals, Officer Chellew did succumb to his injuries,” Riggin said.
A bell ringing ceremony in the officer’s memory will be held at noon Thursday at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.
Chellew was assigned to the CHP’s South Sacramento Area Office, officials said.
Some media and social media reports indicated that Chellew’s motorcycle struck a pole, but CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said he could not confirm that or discuss any details, noting that officers were still conducting an investigation at the scene.
The fleeing suspect got away; no arrests had been made as of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
The area of Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard remained closed to traffic for several hours, as the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department assisted the CHP at the scene.
Chellew leaves a wife and two children – a son and a daughter – according to the CHP.
Chellew, whose parents lived in Rocklin, graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento in 2009, according to a story that Rocklin’s Placer Herald newspaper published at the time.
Chellew was a 2003 graduate of Bear River High School in Nevada County, the newspaper said. He served in the Army for five years, attaining the rank of sergeant, before joining the CHP, it said.
In addition to his wife and children, Lucas Chellew is survived by his mother, father, and a sister, the CHP said.
His father, Charles Chellew, was a captain and commander of the CHP’s North Sacramento area office, according to the Placer Herald.
Chellew’s younger sister, Hanna Chellew, also is a CHP officer who graduated from the CHP Academy in 2009, the Roseville and Granite Bay Press Tribune reported when she completed cadet training.