SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A CHP officer is in the hospital after he was hit while trying rescue a dog that was dodging in and out of traffic on Highway 50 Sunday night.
At around 10:35 the officer stopped in the center median on the freeway east of Howe Avenue after a dog was seen by motorists running in and out of traffic lanes, according to the CHP.
At the same time, Abigail Pelegrino of Sacramento was driving her Toyota Camry at normal freeway speeds on Highway 50 when she swerved to miss the dog and hit the center median. She tried to regain control of the vehicle and swerved to the right, hitting the officer. He was thrown onto the hood and after the vehicle crossed several lanes, was thrown onto the roadway. The car hit the metal guardrail and veered off the road.
Despite his injuries, the officer was able to move off the road.
Pelegrino was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She complained of minor injuries.
The officer was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center with numerous, scrapes, cuts and bruises. His name has not been released. He is a three-year veteran of the CHP, and was completing a one-year assignment in the South Sacramento area.