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Authorities look for man who struck CHP officer in East L.A.

September 28, 2010 | 10:28 pm

Authorities were searching Tuesday night for the driver of a stolen vehicle vehicle who hit a California Highway Patrol officer, pinning him and his motorcycle against a fence in East Los Angeles.

The officer did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the incident about 7:30 p.m. on North Sydney Avenue, the CHP said.

The incident began after the officer saw the motorist run a red light on Eastern Avenue near Whittier Boulevard, Sgt. T. Johnson said. The officer followed the man north on Eastern, flashing his lights and signaling for him to pull over.

The driver stopped on Sydney, then reversed his vehicle and pinned the officer against the fence, according to Johnson. The man took off running.

The vehicle had been reported stolen, Johnson said.

The suspect is described as Latino, about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, and was wearing blue shorts, a white T-shirt and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP communications center at (323) 259-2010.

-- Robert J. Lopez