A man accused of fleeing the scene after crashing his car into a motorcycle cop in Playa del Rey was arrested on Tuesday following a two-hour police manhunt by air and by foot.
The collision involving a Los Angeles Airport Police motorcycle officer happened at around 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Pershing Drive.
“He was returning to the station at end of watch when the car pulled in front of him and made a left turn,” LAX police officer Rob Pedregon said.
The officer was ejected from his bike and landed on the car’s windshield, Pedregon said.
He sustained injuries to both wrists and had surgery to repair them at a local hospital.
The driver of the car and three passengers fled the scene on foot, prompting police to search a mile-long perimeter with the help of a police helicopter.
Two hours later, police arrested Francisco Arreola, 28, and identified him as the driver. Arreola was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run as well as driving under the influence of alcohol. The car’s other occupants were questioned and released.
At press time, Arreola was being held in lieu of $130,000 bail at the LAPD’s Pacific Division Station.