News Flash: Sheriff’s deputy seriously injured in crash, portion of PCH closed

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A Sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle was seriously injured when a robbery suspect he was chasing, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, intentionally rammed the officer near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Big Rock Drive late Monday morning. The suspect, who was driving a dark blue Honda, remains at large. Photo by Robert Overby / TMT

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has closed the eastbound Pacific Coast Highway lanes near Big Rock Drive for an investigation of a collision that seriously injured a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy. Traffic is being detoured to the median. The lanes should reopen by 6:30 p.m., according to the California Department of Transportation.

According to a press release issued by the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, the station received a call of a robbery in progress at the Wells Fargo Bank at 20006 Pacific Coast Highway shortly after 11 a.m. The suspect was later spotted fleeing in his car, and Sheriff’s deputies pursued him. At some point during the pursuit, the suspect intentionally rammed a Sheriff’s deputy on a motorcycle, according to the Malibu/Lost Hills report.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was airlifted to a local hospital. He is listed in serious condition.

The suspect is still on the loose as of 3 p.m. He is described as a six-foot black male in his early 40s wearing a gray and blue Hawaiian shirt. He was driving a two-door Honda Accord that has damage on the right side of the vehicle. The car’s right-front tire was an under-sized spare, and the plates were made of paper with yellow writing.