Press Release

​Josh Ehlers, Commander
Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations
601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 

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​Fran Clader
Director of Communications
(916) 843-3310

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/22/2017
17-03

CHP Officer Dies Following Traffic Collision

​SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This evening at approximately 5:45 p.m., California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle Officer Lucas F. Chellew, ID 19402, was in pursuit of a motorcycle eastbound on Fruitridge Road east of State Route 99. During the pursuit, a collision occurred, causing Officer Chellew to lose control of his motorcycle.

Officer Chellew suffered major injuries, and first responders on scene worked tirelessly to keep him alive as he was transported to University of California, Davis, Medical Center. Tragically, despite the valiant efforts of the paramedics and medical professionals, Officer Chellew succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6:11 p.m. He was assigned to the CHP’s South Sacramento Area Office.

“My heart aches on this terribly tragic day for the CHP as we have lost a hero, who swore a sacred and honorable oath to serve and protect the people of California,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Officer Chellew now joins a distinguished and cherished group of men and women whose names adorn a memorial fountain at the center of the CHP Academy. His service and sacrifice will forever be honored and never forgotten. Please keep Officer Chellew's family, friends and the entire CHP family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn his loss.”

The collision is under investigation.

Media inquiries should be directed to the CHP’s Valley Division Office at 916-731-6300.

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