A man arrested today after he allegedly tried to run over a California Highway Patrol officer, prompting her to fire her service weapon to stop him, has been identified by the CHP as Joshua Timmerman, 32, of Rio Linda.
At 11:40 a.m. the CHP officer tried to make a stop on a car in the Rio Linda area, but the driver failed to pull over. The car ran stop signs before eventually coming to a halt.
When it looked like the driver was going to get out and run, the officer got out of her squad car. However, the driver accelerated in reverse, heading toward the officer.
The officer fired several rounds, hitting the car. The motorist did not hit the officer and the driver was not hit by any gunfire.
The motorist drove away to Elkhorn Manor Drive, near Elkhorn and Rio Linda boulevards where he abandoned the car. The driver ran from the car but was taken into custody at 11:59 a.m. due to officers surrounding the area and also viewing him from CHP aircraft.
CHP spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said Timmerman was driving a stolen car. He was booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of several offenses including vehicle theft, assault with a deadly weapon, battery against a traffic officer and driving with a revoked or suspended driver's license.