A Modesto, CA, police officer has died after being struck by a drunk driver while the officer was riding his bicycle off duty, authorities said.
Police Chief Galen Carroll announced the death in a video posted on the department’s Facebook page.
“It is with deep sadness I notify the community that we lost one of our officers tonight,” Carroll said. “Earlier in the evening, one of our officers was involved in a vehicle vs. bicyclist accident where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The driver was located at the scene and showed signs of intoxication. His name also was not released. The CHP arrested him and took him into custody for driving under the influence, a spokesperson said. He will face numerous felony charges, the Modesto Bee reports.